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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 Switch



Is it possible to take a bad picture of this building?



From behind the wind veil



Overview of the storage tracks.






Outside, lots of window space



This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).



Some people will go to work here every day.



At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.






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






Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.






One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.



Believe it or not, the actual outfield wall will be about where this fence is now!



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



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



Above the Carew gate



20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.



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)



Harmon Killebrew



Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.



World Series trophies on display at left












The alumni band sounded great.






The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002



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



Legends Club fireplace (there are two)



I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?






Click to see the full-size image.



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






B ramp glimpse



That's Noah and my brother, Chris, checking out the Loge Box amenities



...but you can get a feel for what it will be like.



Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)






Entrance to the Champions Club



I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?



I love these upper neighborhoods.












Gate 6 is quite large



This maze of scaffolding is something you'll probably never see again.


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