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A Brief Delay

May 31, 2006 1:38 AM

Two days of coding and the site is finally functioning as it should.

Because it's late and my eyes are getting bleary, there's no time for me to do justice to the history I have of the ballpark site. Suffice it to say that it was rail yards for the better part of a century, then surface parking.

It makes one wonder what lurks beneath the asphalt in terms of hazardous substances. Supposedly some study has already been done to guarantee that clean-up won't be too expensive, but you have to wonder.

The rest of the neighborhood evolved because of the presence of the farmer's market (originally located on the Target Center block), and the Ford manufacturing plant (later the Honeywell building, and currently known as Ford Centre). This building dominates many photos of the Minneapolis skyline before about 1940. Its gigantic cube is visible in numerous old photos in the Minnesota Historical Society database.

Here's an example photo from 1950 (with the future ballpark site clearly visible in the center of the frame).

Looks like a pretty rugged area, and it was. In fact it still is to some extent, with the Sharing and Caring Hands building nearby attracting a somewhat rough crowd.

Old maps of the city show that there were once streets known as 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North which ran through the area, and presumably buildings of some sort there before the tracks. I'm still looking into this.

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When are we going to be able to see the "coming soon" stuff?

Posted on May 31, 2006 at 1:52 PM by MOJO Highlight this comment 1

I'll try to add one per day...

Posted on June 1, 2006 at 01:03 AM by Rick 2

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The right field overhang is in place, and the first base stands are starting to go in.






Mound from the other side



The french fry lights were on!






Click to enlarge greatly.






Photo by Tyler Wycoff



An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)









From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.



Reverse view, now looking down Sixth toward the park. The Met Stadium flag pole will be right there!






A scene repeated about a million times each game



Secret entrance exposed!



Photo by Tyler Wycoff



Glare from the IDS never looked this sweet. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)



Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.









This is the HERC Premonade with railroad tracks snaking beneath. (I think this should be named the Halsey Hall Premonade. Seriously.)



Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.






This is the upper deck in Anaheim



The same section seen from Target Center. Yep, looks like bridge supports.



The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.



Night (about the 7th inning)









I meant to include this shot the other day. It's the new LRT bridge being built next to the remaining half of the Fifth Street bridge. The new half is almost TWICE the width of the portion torn down. And the other end runs right into a HERC administration building! (Click to see the view from nearly the same spot about 85 years ago.)



These outfield stands will likely remain visible to passersby.



Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)









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



Emergency access viewed in context






Quote wall









Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!



Very interesting detail starting to appear here.



Here's the field of posts which will support the third base side of the grandstand. Some walls have started to appear about where the Northstar riders will enter the park.



Ballpark elevation viewed from Seventh Street. (Click to enlarge.)






Shh. Don't tell those people working behind the ticket windows about these automated ticketing machines (underneath the plaza stairs)






Roped off for the LRT crowd





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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

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