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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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Another classic space in the making above the Hrbek gate.



Gate 6 is quite large



The glare problem.









These stairs will meet the skyway.



Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp



From the Downtown Council's 2025 Plan, a Metrodome "Revelopment" and a strong indication of where they think a new Vikings stadium should go.



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Larry DiVito, mowing



Section 331, Row 9



Clyde Doeppner proudly displays colored bricks he scavenged from the Met during its demolition. These are the colors in question!



Train. (What is it about baseball and trains?)






Press box, hallway to the print room






Path of quick escape.






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Before the team came out to warm up, Kirby Puckett, Jr. was playing Frisbee out in center.









Best view available from the "B" ramp.



Dave St. Peter introducing the first physical models of the ballpark in June 2007



That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.



The brown grass was left over from the first attempt at groundbreaking (canceled after the 35W bridge collapse)



Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)






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This is very early in the day.



These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.



I realized I've never shown how the walkway over Seventh Street meets the A ramp






No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...






Section 101, Row 27



This little pathway snakes between the LRT tracks and the Environmental Services Building, emptying into the parking area surrounding the HERC. It could be for maintenance, but it looks more like it's for convenience.



This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.



The rendering which excited a fan base! (Inset is an enlargement of the pictured neon sculpture.)



There must be millions of details needing tending









Believe it or not, the actual outfield wall will be about where this fence is now!



If you want, you can ask those folks how the game is going -- and even get a little bit of info from the big screen (Grandstand)






Met Stadium on May 17, 1975 (Twins vs. Brewers featuring Hank Aaron)





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