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Watch Out For That Railing!

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









If you are into shade, there are lots of opportunities. This is from the last row in section 108 -- scoreboard not blocked in the least.



Workers against green



No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.






A slightly different angle, and you can see some of the structural elements.



Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)



Detail at Gate 6



I meant to include this shot the other day. It's the new LRT bridge being built next to the remaining half of the Fifth Street bridge. The new half is almost TWICE the width of the portion torn down. And the other end runs right into a HERC administration building! (Click to see the view from nearly the same spot about 85 years ago.)



Boston









Today's match-up (click to enlarge)









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






The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing



The view from our seats. I took this picture while standing, and the railing would prove mildly problematic when I sat down -- but not as much as my scorecard, which I always seemed to be holding right in Vic's view of the plate (she told me so).



At left, across the tracks by that pile of dirt is where the Northstar commuter train platform will be built, and where Twins fans will apparently NOT be able to get a train after night games. (For reference, that's the Fifth Street bridge, with the ballpark site just beyond it. The east corner of Ford Centre is just visible at the right edge of the picture.)






Mussina's first pitch. (Playing 3rd: Not A-Rod)



Gate 29 Carew









A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.



Target Headquarters









A very unique space



The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?



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We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.






OK, it doesn't really look like that at all...



Party deck



Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)


















You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.


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