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April 15, 2007 11:26 PM

I only have time for a quick update today, and I decided to answer a small piece of my own curiosity. Check out this diagram:

Field Comparison

That's the new playing field dimensions (in color) superimposed to scale over the Metrodome dimensions (in grayscale, based on the meticulous diagram by Andrew Clem).

So, just how much less foul territory there will be in the new park? The answer is: a whole lot less! I'm just eyeballing it, but it looks like less than half to me. (I welcome input from anyone who wants to do the math and get an exact number.)

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How much of foul territory will also be filled with tarps or media areas for photographers/cameramen? I hope that there is a large enough space for a Twins logo behind home plate. Thanks for such a great website!

Posted on April 17, 2007 at 01:53 AM by James Highlight this comment 1


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The scoreboard terminates the view on Fifth Street as seen from Hennepin



Here's the current overview from the south side of the B ramp (from which the banner at the top of this page was culled).



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7:32 PM Glare begins at about the left field foul pole.









CBP: retro in facade only



Speakers spaced evenly among the lights









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Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)



Glare from the IDS never looked this sweet. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)






Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.






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A look at Gate 34.



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Looking up Seventh Street to the west



This is what will count as a knothole (actually, it's a gated entrance)









The view from my seats in Section 237 (The Trap), Row 1 (can't see much of center field without standing up...)






Event Level






The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.



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Target Plaza in model form



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