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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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Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Speakers spaced evenly among the lights



The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.



The glass area seen here is one of the warm-up areas.












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This will be a bar/restaurant.






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A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.






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Party deck






Today's match-up (click to enlarge)












Lots of sun, but not much scoreboard from 127









T is for Twins



A portrait of the 573 Club.



The entry from the platform to the ballpark.



This was billed as a diagram of a super-suite. I'm not quite sure just where this (or these) will be located.



Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.



Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)



Center field seating



Guthrie Theater (original design colors)



Detail enclosing the main ticket window area









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



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It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.












This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.



Guerrier had tossed a ball to a fan wearing a Twins jersey, who dropped it. If you're going to wear the uniform, he was saying, you gotta make the play. The ball ultimately went to a fan wearing a Randy Moss jersey, and everybody laughed.



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Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)



The wall of brands at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley (Source: RP)




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HPB - Home Plate Box

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