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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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Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).



Love the red flowers -- just like the original concept drawings. That NEVER happens.









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






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)



Looking up Seventh Street (click to see what it looked like from the same spot in 1950)









Here's another view up Sixth Street toward where the plaza will meet First Avenue (it will hug Target Center all the way).



The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.



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.









The sculpture on which millions of kids will one day pose.



I know these are giants bats with hops growing inside, but... Hmm...



Earl Santee, principle architect for HOK Sport, presents some concepts while Mike Opat listens






This little pathway snakes between the LRT tracks and the Environmental Services Building, emptying into the parking area surrounding the HERC. It could be for maintenance, but it looks more like it's for convenience.



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.)









Notice the temporary railing extensions



This is during halftime.



New section labels, but some curious choices.



Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.






Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P



Hit gap, win suit!



A timeline of design and construction of the ballpark. (Click to enlarge. Photo by Tyler Wycoff)



The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.






That is pretty close... (Grandstand)






The louvres on Fifth have been completely filled in



Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.






Sure would be nice to cover that metal grid with more wooden louvers, eh?



Target Plaza in model form









There's the opening through which the groundskeeping equipment will emerge (and disappear).



The moat walkway viewed from across the park.






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



Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)



Now from the inside looking at the same area.


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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

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

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STH - Season Ticket Holder

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