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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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Denard Span ready, in a swoop of sunlight.



Nearby, workers are finishing a support column. The guy at the bottom is using some sort of personal dirt mover (inset). Very cool.



A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.






Up there is where I plan to buy a lot of hot dogs. You can see the vending areas developing rather quickly around the completed portion of the upper concourse.



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









The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)



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Just up the foul line, it looks like the base of the wall in foul territory on the right side.



Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)



Our cantilever friends will be happy to learn that there will be sections with views like this in the new stadium.



They could not help the Twins on this night.






The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)






The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.



Sky through steel.



The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.












The Pantheon (with inset of the magic eye)



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









A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.






This was on BPM night. Nice neon, but I'm still waiting to see the homer show.



This is NOT Twins Territory anymore



An early concept drawing for the site



Cleveland



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.



The first pitch.



The outfield stands as viewed through the unnumbered gate



Final pieces arrive









Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.



Roll-up metal doors visible at right.






Special guests in the trees!



Work has begun on the plaza, and the activity has started to impact I-394 traffic.



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).



Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.






An early concept for St. Paul.



Construction of the stands is moving from left to right in this image.


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HPB - Home Plate Box

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LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

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MOA - Mall of America

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