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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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Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction



Intersection overview



Target Plaza looking toward the grandstand



Typical SRO view upstairs.






A mural featuring the names of a bunch of Minnesota towns.



The storage tunnel is barely visible at left behind that guy.



The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)



The old flour Gold Medal Flour Mill, located next to the new Guthrie theater (Source: RP)



Just to the right, more ticket machines. These things are everywhere.






Mystery door on Seventh Street...



Looking down Sixth Avenue toward the plaza






Tony Oliva, R. T. Rybak and Mike Opat



Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)



The view through a construction "knothole".



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The finished product.



The Target Center rooftop patio. Hardly glamorous, but a great view of the ballpark.



The visitor's clubhouse at Target Field. (Photo by Javen Swanson)



Dugout Dog



Today's late-inning office.






Knothole non-view #1



Section 331, Row 9









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)









Dude, this is NOT a multi-use facility.






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









The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.



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.






The glove



The outfield stands taking shape.



Wrigley Field. Paradise? Not from these seats.



Dan Kenney, my tour guide



Glove from above



The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...



Limestone still dominates the Seventh Street walkway from a pedestrian point of view. But brick take over as you move upward -- a concession to cost, no doubt.


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HPB - Home Plate Box

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LC - Legends Club

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MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

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