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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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For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.






Close-up on the diagram of the Club Level with finishing materials (click to enlarge)



Look closely at the overhang. You'll see the on the right it is flush with the fence, and then it sticks out farther and farther as you move toward center. More fun for Michael Cuddyer.









Yes, TC is smiling.



A true fan out in the bleachers






I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?



This is the last hope for so-called knot-hole views. I'm skeptical.






Looking out from under Gate 34






This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.






The entrance from the service level corridor. (You have to pass the Twins clubhouse door to get there.)



Saturday afternoon, KMSP-HD 720P



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Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)



Here's a detail from the above image, showing the LED strips up close.






Solution for a hot night, just inside Gate 34 (that's a cool mist, by the way, not hot steam, which would be kind of cruel)






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)






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The official ballpark development area



Did you notice the flowers?






Polo Grounds facade, obscured












Circulation ramps: Wrigley (classic, integrated) and Kauffman (modern, external)



Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.



Photo by Tyler Wycoff



First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right



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















Here's an idea of what these Loge Boxes are all about. That guy is a waiter with no fans to serve. They seemed to have one server for about every four boxes.



Click to enlarge greatly.









This will be a great sight on game nights.



I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.



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


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HPB - Home Plate Box

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LC - Legends Club

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MOA - Mall of America

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STH - Season Ticket Holder

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