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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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These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.



The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.






Also viewed from the B ramp, that's the upper deck in left field.



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).






Don Swanson, left, in-coming commander of the Richfield American Legion, and Joe Kennedy, right, out-going commander, are pictured with the Legion's new flag pole, which once stood at old Metropolitan Stadium. (Click to enlarge.)



This is the Metropolitan Club as viewed from the future Ballpark Authority office space.



The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)






Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.



The Metrodome has sure been tarted up.









Click to enlarge.









Skinny dugouts at TF



Bronze glove delivered (awaiting installation) with Met flag pole horizontal behind the gate



Sky through steel.



Balcony of the Town Ball Tavern.



Hubert's remains the only sports bar within site of the Dome after 28 years of its existence. It's a cautionary tale.



Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)



Looking from First Avenue toward the ballpark (over the top of a construction barricade)



Um, I think that guy is out.






TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)



You are forgiven for wondering whether architect Tom Oslund is, in fact, a visitor from the future.






Daylight (pre-game)



Despite what those signs say, every one of these places was selling either snacks or Yankee memorabilia out of its front door. Do you suppose anything like this will spring up anywhere near the new Twins ballpark?















This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.



The entry from the platform to the ballpark.






Harmon Killebrew



Click to enlarge greatly



People! (In the Legends Club)









7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.






An early concept for St. Paul.



A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).



This is some of the signage in place for concession stands.






A peak inside what will become the main concourse.


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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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