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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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I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.



No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.



Impractical, expensive, undeniably cool (Angel Stadium, source LP)






In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.



End of the line.






At Comerica Park, some aisles have railings and some do not.



Dave St. Peter introducing the first physical models of the ballpark in June 2007






What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.






Infield dirt used as accents






The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)






The original Candlestick Park






Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)



It looks like the Target-themed signage has spilled out to the surrounding area (this was taken from the entryway to the B ramp from Third -- the 394 entrance ramp tunnel)



That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.












Hooked up



Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.



Millers fans leaving Nicollet Park after a game in 1923, where a trolley was waiting. (Click to enlarge.)



The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.



This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.



Can you name that field? (Braemer Park, Edina)









Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)



Trees also have sprouted near the topiaries



Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.



I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)






Look closely at the overhang. You'll see the on the right it is flush with the fence, and then it sticks out farther and farther as you move toward center. More fun for Michael Cuddyer.






For executive entertaining



These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?



Here's a detail from the above image, showing the LED strips up close.









People! (In the Legends Club)



Door to the visitor's clubhouse.



I don't think this will remain a knothole, but the view is pretty cool.



Looking back toward First Avenue






That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation


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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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Original edition (2000, round)
 


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