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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.
The former Ford manufacturing plant (now Ford Centre).
Loading dock -- already in use!
(Click to enlarge greatly)
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Fun with section counting!
The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)
Reverse view, now looking down Sixth toward the park. The Met Stadium flag pole will be right there!
Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)
I took this because of the view reflected in the store windows. (The store is cool too.)
This is the HERC Premonade with railroad tracks snaking beneath. (I think this should be named the Halsey Hall Premonade. Seriously.)
This is some of the signage in place for concession stands.
The Carew gate ticket windows have grown a small awning.
New section labels, but some curious choices.
Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)
Go get 'em, boys!
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
Click to enlarge.
Trees now line Seventh Street
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
This looks south and shows how the Northstar tracks are sheltered by the promenade above. This is the side which faces the HERC plant.
TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)
Note the speakers hanging beneath that deck
The steel cage expands.
ATM-style ticket machines have appeared beneath the steps to the B ramp (you can also enter the B ramp directly by walking past the ticket machines)
Here's the view as you step to the front of the outer moat beyond first base.
Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole
Not much facade left to be finished at this point.
Pawlenty makes it official!
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).
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).
8:22 PM The sun has caused glare in the webcam, but you can still see the reflection affecting the upper deck behind home plate.
This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures