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Playoff Ballparks 2006

October 5, 2006 1:05 AM

This is just a thumbnail sketch of the ballparks involved in this year's playoffs. It's interesting to note that three are new, three are slated for replacement, one is in limbo, and one is a classic that no one is looking to replace any time soon.

Park Opened (MLB) Renovated Status Shared Roof Seats (K) Signature
Yankee Stadium 1923 1976 New park 2009 No No 58 Pinstripes
Dodger Stadium 1962 No change foreseen No No 56 Symmetry
Shea Stadium 1964 New park 2009 No No 56 Scoreboard
McAfee Coliseum 1968 1996 Seeking replacement Yes No 44 Football Seats
Metrodome 1982 New park 2010 Yes Fixed 45 or 56 Baggie
Comerica Park 2000 New No Roof-ready 41 Ferris Wheel
Petco Park 2004 New No No 46 Towers
Busch Stadium 2006 New No No 47 Arch

(I'll glady take suggestions for alternate signature elements!)

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Behind one of the walls, we have a mini artificial lake built in. Can you imagine? "Morneau hits one DEEP to center, and this ball is goin swimming!"

I mean, we need to have the 10000 lakes thing in the park. Or mabey a mini river with a bridge that has a TC banner, symbolizing the twin cities and unification of the Saints and Millers.

Posted on October 8, 2006 at 05:33 AM by Jason Walbridge Highlight this comment 1

wtf?

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM by bulldog Highlight this comment 2


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



This view, through a B ramp window, won't last forever.



An early concept drawing for the site



This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.



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



From the TV camera platform -- the view you'll see on TV



A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.



This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.



The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?












The restaurant.



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Photo by Jared Wieseler






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The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.



The first pitch.






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Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)



The Puckett Atrium



Overview of the storage tracks.



Our engineer.



The limestone theme is apparently carried to the area behind home plate. This will look great -- and distinctive -- on TV. But watch out for those foul balls!






First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right



I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.









At the other end of the bridge, the configuration of the tracks has become clear.



Staircase view



The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)












Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)



At Comerica Park, some aisles have railings and some do not.



8:12 PM It is now in the area where, if it gets down far enough, it will shine into the eyes of a right-handed hitter.






Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".



The first passengers are about to arrive, but the switch is set for the wrong track (those guys walked all the way out to correct it)









A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.


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