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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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TCF Bank Stadium. Not for baseball, but still pretty cool to watch being built.






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Inspecting the delivery









Circulation building with construction team on top



Note that the sign in the background will NOT be changed because "Twins Way" doesn't extend this far north.



B ramp improvements are finally becoming usable. The doors lead to the plaza beneath the skyway steps.









TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)



Ye Olde Tyme Vegetable Cart (and its modern cousin)






These outfield stands will likely remain visible to passersby.






Steps going up at Gate 29/Carew



A sampling of seats at Fenway Park



The finished product. Note that, at the very bottom of this image, you can just barely see the tops of the windows which look into the Champion's Club. (Home Plate Box)



The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)






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






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.)



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People! (In the Legends Club)



Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony



Concrete molds are being removed!






Here's a rack of lights being prepared for lifting into the canopy.






The beautiful Promenade has become a sea of temporary barricades. (Smoker's Row outside the unnumbered gate)









Still some work to be done on the canopy.



The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.



A view into the Legend's Club












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They can put a camera just about anywhere. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Break time



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