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It's Official

May 28, 2006 1:00 AM

Let the sun shine in, indeed!

Our permanent cloud cover is now to be lifted, and we'll once again need some sun screen. Ahh.

Pawlenty makes it official!

Pawlenty makes it official!

If you're like me, you've been dreaming of this day since sometime in 1982. I remember the moment well: I stepped through the revolving door, popped my ears, looked out into the concrete oval filled with uniformly blue chairs, and immediately began to long for my distant but sun-soaked bleacher seat at Met Stadium.

After pining away for a domed stadium for the better part of the 70s, I couldn't believe what had actually been built. How could anything with so much potential get so screwed up? (This is a theme I'll return to since I would hate to see the same thing happen now.)

In the intervening decades, I've made longing for outdoor baseball -- and hating the Metrodome -- something of its own pastime. My friends have even developed it into something of a ritual. Just prior to stepping through the pressurized doors, we look at each other and say, "What a great day for outdoor baseball!" This is followed by a smack to the forehead, and extensive shaking of heads.

The upside of Dome-hating is that desire for sunshine has led me on numerous occasions to other baseball cities. I've visited some of the greats, and some of the newer not-so-greats. I've developed quite a collection of photographs and ballpark-related books, and done a whole lot of dreaming. I've known for years just how I thought the Twins' new home should look.

Now that the dream is on its way to reality, I'm not really sure yet just how to give up my pastime. So I'm doing the only thing I can think of: writing emails and starting this web site. It's a little bit of therapy, a little bit of fantasy, and a little bit of organization so that the fans get something to say about our new home.

Yes, it's our home. Players and owners will come and go, but we and our children and their children will be going to this park for a long time. So I want to love it. I don't want a copy of Camden Yards. I don't want a watered down Coors Field or SBC (or whatever it's called now). I don't even want a Fenway or a Wrigley or a Tiger Stadium -- except in the sense that it must be unique, comfortable, distinctive, and definitely ours.. We'll be calling this place home for a long time, so let's make sure it lives up to our expectations.

The Twins and Hennepin County seem open to suggestions, and I'd love it if this site could become a repository for the best ideas. (I've already enjoyed an email exchange with Twins president Dave St. Peter, who seemed very open to input. More on this in the next couple of days.) Once construction starts, I'll keep a photographic record of the progress, posted here for all to see.

There's so much to say, and I don't know exactly where to begin. So I'll start tomorrow by talking a little about the timeline as it stands right now, then introduce the ballpark site and why it could be a pretty great place to put a park (plus a few things to watch out for).

Please note that you'll be able to leave comments, but I want to get going, and that code isn't quite ready yet...

Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)

Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)

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I just became a season ticket holder with part of a group that has had season tickets since 2004 so think their priority will be very good for seating in 2010. Do you have any idea where the sun will shine in this park on an average saturday or sunday afternoon? I was told it might be the third base line area?? Let me know what you think.

Great work, and good luck

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The view out Gate 6 "Oliva".



Near the end of the Angels' 4-run second inning.



Gate 34 Puckett



This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.






Skywalk over Seventh



Home Run Porch Terrace






Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)






Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)






This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.



I saw it at another park...






This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.









Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)






Night (about the 7th inning)






Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.









This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.









Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings






Scoreboard installation in progress









For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.



One of the many supports being built over the tracks.



This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.






Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)



In the foreground you can see the supports for the plaza as it will meet the corner of North Seventh Street and Third Avenue North.









The tracks on the right will be moved to the newly-cleared area on the left. The edge of the ballpark will be about where the rocks and dirt meet.



Photo by Tyler Wycoff



Town Ball Tavern balcony



OK, it doesn't really look like that at all...



This is the outside portion of the Metropolitan Club.



Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)



A mural featuring the names of a bunch of Minnesota towns.



Seventh inning sing-along.





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BPM - Ballpark Magic

BRT - Bus Rapid Transit

DSP - Dave St. Peter

FSE - Full Season Equivalent

FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)

HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)

HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

TF - Target Field

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Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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