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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 lot within the lot.



Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)



Another look at the outfield stands (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)









Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)









Bike parking available along Second Avenue






Here's the view of the entrance ramp to 394. Looks like they are painting...



Justin Morneau, mobbed after a game-winning homer on June 9



Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.



Scoreboard in profile against the skyline



Larry DiVito, mowing



View Level



Harmon is visible (barely) at the very center of the crowd.









The circulation ramp on the north now has its louver framing.



The season was perfectly bookended by Mick Sterling on the plaza



Open house skeptics



This is the back of the Cisco Field scoreboard, showing video to folks out on the plaza.



This is the entrance behind home plate (not visible in the renderings which have been released). It shows that the upper deck is set back from the facade -- a very good thing if it remains in the final design.



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Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?



The Overlook



End of the line.






Mauer steps in for the first time.












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



This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.



Legends Club seats feature in-seat service



A sidewalk has sprouted between the HERC and the LRT tracks!









This looks from the base of the stairs, behind the big pillars, toward the street.









Here's the view as you step to the front of the outer moat beyond first base.



There must be millions of details needing tending



This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.



From the best seat in the house (Section 8, Row A), the right field corner is blocked. (No one may care. Fine with me. People should know.)



Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp






TC gets ready to release the hounds. (Kids get to run the bases after Sunday games.)



A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).


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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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