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October 1, 2009 1:14 AM

Great baseball places have distinctive identities, forged partly from the unique signature elements which say to the world, "You are here."

Today, Target Field got (part of) its signature. (I'll shut up so you can gawk.)

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Looking through the transit hub


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Hooked up


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Looking for some detail


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Final pieces arrive


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Sign installer dude


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Inspecting the delivery


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Here's the sign being lifted off the truck and maneuvered toward its final position (darn bus):

At the end of that clip I had to move because there were guys with a steam roller right behind me (I was standing on their gravel). They appeared to be rebuilding the east side of Third Avenue.

Here's the next truck arriving (gravel visible) while the previous piece is still being installed above:

After installing the third piece, it appears they knocked off for the day.

How long must we wait for that first home run...?

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Excellent, looks even better than I expected. Thanks again Rick.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 02:20 AM by Camden Highlight this comment 1

I like the bulbs around the outer edge of it... Gives it that look like the old crown scoreboard at Kauffman Stadium. They used to sync patterns on those lights with the fountains... It was a cool "70's vibe" (of course, the new mammoth HD board down there is a special treat in it's own right. :-)).

Hopefully they're able to do something similar with music or the scoreboard at TF and sync up the lights. In any case, it seems to be a classic look in a park that will have more of a modern feel. Very cool.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 05:28 AM by Natron Highlight this comment 2

sweet. that does look really nice.
thanks rick.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 06:56 AM by luke Highlight this comment 3

AAA to my last post, and the fact it got lost in the last article, does anyone know if there's a link showing off the "logo changes" mentioned by OG Jeff?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 06:59 AM by luke Highlight this comment 4

luke - i'll post the new 'logo' soon, although there's few changes.

Rick...great job getting these shots. The sign is a gem!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 07:56 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 5

Awesome sign, can't wait to see it in action next year. I imagine it'll do something when the players hit a homerun during a night game.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 08:14 AM by MB Highlight this comment 6

looking at the pictures i seems that the hands are fixed... :-(

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 09:09 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 7

So now someone needs to slip a construction worker $20 and a camera to get a shot of the sign! ;-)

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 09:10 AM by Andrew Highlight this comment 8

that "i" is supposed to mean "it"

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 09:11 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 9

I have no problem that the hands are fixed, even though I still think that they might be able to turn off/on certain sections of the sign thus animating it in a way. Regardless, that thing looks totally awesome and I am very happy that they decided to do it.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 09:27 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 10

Webcam: Looks like the crane is ready for the next piece of that sign.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 09:44 AM by Rick 11

looks like the final piece is in

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 10:04 AM by hugh morris Highlight this comment 12

I take that back, it looks like there should be one small piece left on top.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 10:06 AM by hugh morris Highlight this comment 13

That's piece number 4 of 5 that just went in. (Can't forget about those Lake of the Woods people!)

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 10:10 AM by Rick 14

Not sure if this has been posted yet but new photo gallery from Twins (click link)

Never seen before photos of batting tunnel, backstop netting, logos on seats, and other things

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 10:29 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 15

LOVE the sign!

Looks awesome...and with it's size, I think it's going to pull everything together really well. The obtrusive, stale corporate ads won't stand out so much....and yeah, when they show that on TV...(ESPN, FOX, etc) it's going to be iconic! That's a game in MN!

Thanks for the pics Rick.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 11:10 AM by Excited Highlight this comment 16

SOOOO much better than the milk-jug!!!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 11:13 AM by Twins2010 (aka Excited) Highlight this comment 17

What happens when a home run plunks off the sign and breaks the neon? That sounds...expensive!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 11:16 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 18

Some more excitement brewing this morning...a small bank of canopy lights has been turned on over third base on cam #1!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 11:16 AM by Bill Highlight this comment 19

now that the number of steroid users has gone down, I would think it would be nearly impossible to hit that sign. My guess is that it would have to be at least a 480 foot straight away center blast. Just hitting one into the batters eye seats will be very impressive.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 11:39 AM by hugh morris Highlight this comment 20

Lights in the 11:02 AM image.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM by Rick 21

Rick, I sent you an email just now. I received some recent pics from the Twins ticket sales group - they are in PDF.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 11:47 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 22

This sign is FANTASTIC!!! Talk about hitting a home run...

Thanks for the pics and vids Rick!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:06 PM by MarkW Highlight this comment 23

i think i just came.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:34 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 24

but seriously that is a fine ass sign, and in those pics from the update i love how the met club is looking i cant wait to sip up in there!

i am going to fridays and sundays game then good riddince lookes like the tigers will wrap this up today delmon is a joke

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:36 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 25

It looks like you're finally getting the ballpark you deserve.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:40 PM by Mike Friedman Highlight this comment 26

FYI, my really lame-ass photo and video view of the dudes, from inside Target Field. Happened to be there yesterday.

Dudes

If I screwed up link formatting, you may be able to click on my name.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:34 PM by David Brauer Highlight this comment 27

Not sure if Rick has reported this, but we were also told yesterday the topiary plants will be HOPS. How perfect is that???!!!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:56 PM by David Brauer Highlight this comment 28

Fyi:

Minutes ago, the Minnesota Vikings and Mall of America® announced a partnership for the naming rights to the field that has served as the team's home since 1982. The agreement provides that the field will be called Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for a three-year period beginning October 5, 2009, and ending February 28, 2012.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:10 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 29

As someone who has only lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years, who has only been a Twins fan for about the same amount of time, and who didn't know that Millers/Saints logo even existed until (shamefully) a few months ago, let me just say, without reservation:

That center field sign is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

It completes the park. It's the perfect way to link the contemporary stadium with old-school fans watching an old-school game. Can't wait to see it come alive.

Looking at some of the great closeups of the sign before it was hoisted makes me wonder if they used plastic tubes with fiberoptic lighting, instead of the glass neon tubes. That way, if Morneausy or Kubel cranked one against the sign, maybe it wouldn't do so much damage.

Well done Twins, and as usual, well done Rick!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:37 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 30

That sounds totally stupid and no one is going to mention that when speaking of the Dome. Are the NFL TV announcers obligated to say that when they are calling a game?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 31

Does anyone know for sure where the Flag pole from Met Stadium is going to be placed? Somewhere out on that center field area on either side of the celebration sign would be great.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:41 PM by PNB19 Highlight this comment 32

The Twins have not yet announced where the Met flag pole will be going. They said for a long time that it was going at the end of the plaza extension, next to Target Center on First Avenue. But the construction appears to be done there and there's no sign that it will actually be going there.

The good news is that the Twins took it down from the Richfield Legion last week and it's in rehab somewhere right now. I suppose they have to make sure that it's in good enough shape to actually use (it looked pretty solid to my non-metallurgist eyes).

As soon as there's something to tell, you'll hear it here!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM by Rick 33

That sign is a thing of beauty. I can't wait to see it lit up.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM by John C Highlight this comment 34

I thought I read or heard it some where that the Met Stadium flag pole was going to go where the current flag pole is at. The article had said per DSP that the current flag pole at Target field is a temporary one.
So with that said, it should take the place of the current one that is standing there.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM by bphj Highlight this comment 35

bphj,

Do you have a link?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:13 PM by Rick 36

I highlighted David's comment above. He has the first known photo of the sign from inside TF!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:20 PM by Rick 37

I still hoping for my idea of having the flag pole by the Twins pro shop. I think it would be much more visible there for fans, provide a better place to take pictures, and tie the ole Met and Target Field together better.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:20 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 38

It was one of the local TV news station stories. It was done last week when the flag pole was taken down. I tried the next day to find it and to link it, but I had no such luck. Hopefully someone else saw it and can find the link. However, it was said by DSP that the Met Stadium flag pole will take place of the current flag pole.

-sorry!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:35 PM by bphj Highlight this comment 39

Hey Just a heads up the MALL of Ameraica Field signs are already up at the DOME!! so we will all get to see those this weekend!!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:38 PM by T Highlight this comment 40

Oh just perfect. I was hoping I would never have to see that trash.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:38 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 41

bphj,

That's very weird because there were no TV stations at the Legion last week when the pole came down, only the Twins photographer and videographer. And as far as I know there was no press release (though I'm not on that list anymore).

I searched all of the local news sites and found nothing, but that doesn't mean much. All four of those sites are among the most horrible I encounter regularly on the web. Their search boxes don't work (channel 5 doesn't even have a search box, just something called the "Topic Dropdown Box"), they are extremely poorly organized and positively frenetic in design. Worthless, basically.

I will check my sources and see if I can verify this.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM by Rick 42

I agree Rick. In that same article/news story, it was mentioned that the Richfield VFW got to keep a 6' section of the flog pole as a keepsake-souvenir

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:00 PM by bphj Highlight this comment 43

Anyone know the jersey color the vendors will wear?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:05 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 44

sorry if this is no longer the place for such things... but if there are gopher ticket holders with tix to sell for 11/14 vs. South Dakota State... I'm interested (if you know anyone else who is interested in selling, let me know)

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:12 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 45

Rick,

I saw the flag pole coverage on one TV station, I want to say it was KSTP, but could be wrong. It may have even been the Qwest Twins Live pre-game show. I remember watching it on TV though.

They also said the old Met flag pole will be going where the current flag pole was at TF, since the current flag pole was just temporary. This echoes the statement DSP made in his blog. It will be interesting where they end up putting it.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:17 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 46

That's just great...the two buildings I hate the most in the Twin Cities...Appropriately married.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 47

I sure hope that's true Mike...Because that's exactly where the pole should go. It should be THE pole for the US Flag and not some stupid marker on Target plaza for pigeons to crap on.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 48

new humpty dump logo

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM by OnWisconsin 1 Highlight this comment 49

Awesome Win! I refuse to give up! I can't wait to be back in Mpls for the game tomorrow!

Go White Sox!?
(That made me shiver)

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:43 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 50

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 6
TIGERS MAGIC NUMBER: 2

Need a sweep at the dome and a sweep from the South Siders. OR Twins go 3-0 and Tigers go 1-2, then one game playoff at the dome. OR Twins go 2-1 and Tigers go 0-3, then one game playoff at the dome.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:43 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 51

Mike is not seeing things, I saw the coverage on TV too about the flag pole. Just an added note, the story concluded saying that the pole would be stripped down and recoated etc, for insatll where current middle flag pole now sits. Any new pics of the newly installed logo sign?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:46 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 52

POLL: IF THERE IS A ONE GAME PLAYOFF AT THE DOME, WHO WILL PITCH FOR THE TWINS?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:56 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 53

Q: "Does anyone know for sure where the Flag pole from Met Stadium is going to be placed?"

A: Yes.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:58 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 54

Big Spot Scott

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:59 PM by Strongred Highlight this comment 55

OK, Ben. It's time to tell us what you know!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM by Rick 56

(Because apparently it's been in the media somewhere already.)

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:01 PM by Rick 57

Baker, absolutely.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:02 PM by Rick 58

I'd say Baker. Wouldn't throw Pavano out there after last night (he may pitch Sunday anyway), and Baker would get his usual 4 days rest as the playoff game would have to be played on Tuesday (dome is otherwise occupied on Monday)

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:09 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 59

If all three games this weekend at the metrodome are close to or sold out, with conjunction with the vikings game, almost 1/4 million people will be in that place over the next 4 days. Thank God a 1/4 million people will never have to circulate through there over a 4 days span again!!

Just some stupid insight.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:14 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 60

Whats going on Monday @ the dome?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:15 PM by hugh morris Highlight this comment 61

Well, I see On Wisconsin kinda broke the story.

So, we must now have the longest stadium name in professional sports Mall of America Field at Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome. Personally, at least the Vikings put their money where their mouth was, they've been bouncing ideas the past few years about putting a corporate name on the Dumpty.

Click my name for the story from the TC Business Journal.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:15 PM by luke Highlight this comment 62

Vikings v. Packers on Monday....hugh

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:19 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 63

I'm pretty sure he was being 'ironical'

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 64

Just was looking at the schedule for Sunday, and the Tigers game starts an hour before the Twins, so if they do get swept an we sweep, there will be no waiting around for the end of the Tigers game. We will know on the final out when the Twins win Sunday.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:23 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 65

I was skeptical at first of the Twins shaking hands logo, but seeing it now actually in place. WOW It's awesome. I'm so glad it wasn't glass like I had pictured.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:51 PM by autosave36 (aka Joe) Highlight this comment 66

The following posting was written July 1 but withheld pending verification:

Flagpole news ---

The latest, and apparently final, plans for the old Met flagpole call for the pole to be installed as the centerpiece of a three pole grouping INSIDE the park just beyond the right field wall. The Met pole will, as it should, be the highest and most prominent with secondary poles on either side. I have been assured by Twins brass that any sponsorship issues are out of the question and that no flag, other than that of the US will ever be flown from the truck of the old Met pole. Other, secondary, flags (Twins Territory, etc.) will be flown from the secondary poles. I believe the Twins are considering flying a POW/MIA flag below the US flag as is currently the practice at the Legion in Richfield. This is being encouraged. There apparently is an issue with the existing mounting apparatus that may require either the Met pole to be shortened to fit or some jackhammer work to take place in order to accommodate the pole as it currently stands. I have made my views clear on this issue as well. Bottom line, it would seem that I have won a couple of battles here. Stay tuned.

On August 18 I sent the following message to Rick and asked him to treat it as confidential - which he did:

--- The Met pole will replace the current center pole in the three pole arrangement
--- The pole will need to be cut down to 45 - 50 feet in order to fit in the current (bridge) footings, which can't be changed
--- The existing pole is 35'
--- The Legion will be supplying the first set of flags (as per my recommendation), all voted upon and approved
--- There will be some sort of "first raising" ceremony
--- Fox news wants to do a piece
--- Timeline is still "sketchy" but he (Matt) will keep me abreast

This is pretty much all that is known "for sure", at present, insofar as where the Twins plan to install the pole - and I believe the info is accurate. Rick and I have both been pretty much baffled by the closed mouths and intrigue attendant to this whole process and I am sure Rick will have at least a few comments to make about the situation in toto.

Please ask any questions you may have.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:55 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 67

Nice scoop, B.W. I can't believe you and Rick were able to hold off for nearly 2 months. I now know I would be safe if I needed either of you guys to keep a secret.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:07 PM by The Rational Actor Highlight this comment 68

I know who shot J.R. Which one of you can keep a secret??

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:19 PM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 69

Actually I have no idea who shot J.R. I'm only 27.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:20 PM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 70

There has been a lot of wrestling around, especially in my efforts to make sure the Twins did not turn that pole into something other than what it was created to be. But basically it was just a matter of moving a flagpole and all the secrecy/hoopla got a bit difficult to understand. As I said to Rick at one point, last time all it took was a half dozen vets holding a beer in one hand.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:25 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 71

Merv told me that they (the Legion guys) put the pole up with a front-end loader in the middle of the night!

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:29 PM by Rick 72

Does anyone have any pictures of what the outside of the dome looks like now. I heard on KFAN that it is being "decked" out in Vikings colors and styles, just curious as to what this looks like.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 6:32 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 73

Good ol' Merv. Do you really think they stood that pole up with a front end loader?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 7:20 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 74

The news story on the pole also stated that they would check the integrity if the steel, strip it down and re coat it. It'll be awhile before it goes up.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 7:38 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 75

I don't know how to put an image up, but i just saw a photo from yesterdays install of the celebration sign. The shot looks like it was taken from the middle to upper deck near home plate. The area around where the hands are joined in a shake, looks very large, as if there are a few sets of neon hands. Could be the shake motion. We'll see.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 9:06 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 76

Josh - as far as I know, the Dome is a boring, grey structure that resembles a pie tin with meringue on top.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 9:08 PM by luke Highlight this comment 77

I'll post the photo, if someone tells me how.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 9:14 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 78

JohnF,

Email it to me (rick at this domain) and I'll put it up.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 9:33 PM by Rick 79

KARE 11 had a nice piece on the Metrodome tonight.

As excited as I am for Target Field and outdoor baseball, I have to honestly admit there is going to be a part of me that misses the Metrodome (not the venue itself, but the great memories/events)

My dad took me to my first baseball game there in 1988 so I am taking him to the final game on Sunday. The venue is terrible, but the memories are endless and there is going to be a part of me that is a little sad on Sunday, even though I am very excited for Target Field next year.

I am probably in the minority, but is anyone else going to be at least a little sad this weekend?

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 12:04 AM by Mike Brumley Highlight this comment 80

Stripping the pole makes sense...It's black because when it was located at the Met, it was in the center of the batters eye bleachers in dead center. I remember sitting near it a few times during football games.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 12:06 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 81

Not me Mike...I understand your sentiment though. I felt the same about Met Stadium. I was severely depressed for a long time about both teams moving indoors - especially the Vikings. I can only dream that they'll someday return to their natural homefield advantage but most likely they won't thanks to a few who would rather have a final four and maybe a superbowl which very few locals will be able to attend anyway..whoopdie doo.

But getting back to your sentiment Mike, enjoy it while you can. You can shed a tear. I'll be opening a bottle of bubbly. The only day that makes me more excited is the day that bitch comes tumbling down - kaboom!!!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 12:09 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 82

I was along for the same tour of our new ballpark with Mr. Brauer and the old "Save the Met" crew. I as well love the shaking hands sign but I was most impressed that Diet Mt. Dew will be available next seasion at all of the concession stands. Yea!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 01:27 AM by Sammy from the Midwa Highlight this comment 83

Maybe, Mike. I'm not sure yet.
I'll be there...I have no idea where the emotions will go.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 06:56 AM by luke Highlight this comment 84

luckily for me the dome was not my first major league ballpark (might have been number five or so). my first was the kingdome and when that was imploded, we all cheered. i shed no tear.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 07:49 AM by annoyingcustomer Highlight this comment 85

I am with Mike Brumley and I think I know why. My first game ever was at the Dome I believe also in 1988. I was 8 years old at the time and I knew of nothing else in terms of an in person major league baseball venue. Sure I saw the away games on tv but my first trip to the ball park in the flesh was of course quite different. I was awestruck with the neon green field and the vast, yet still contained, openess. Therefore, I think those that actually grew up with the Dome as the only home they know for the Twins view its "passing" in a more sentemental light. I will love Target Field every little bit of it. But the Dome, no matter how strange it sounds, will always have a place in my heart.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 08:31 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 86

I think people's emotions about the dome depends on how they were first exposed to it. DeePee and Mike Brumley have fond memories of seeing their first MLB games there. But for someone like Kevin in AZ, who saw many games at the Met, there is no emotion but joy at leaving the dome.

I saw my first MLB game at old Arlington Stadium in Texas in about 1978 and also got to see a Baltimore Oriole game at old Memorial Stadium in probably 1981 or 1982 (saw Reggie Jackson hit a homer for the Yanks), so the dome wasn't my first MLB memory. I remember my dad taking me to game there in 1983 when we first moved to Minnesota. The memory I have was how WEIRD it was seeing baseball inside, in that atmosphere. I had the opportunity to go to another game at Arlington Stadium in 1993 and was so awed by seeing outdoor basebll again (and seeing Nolan Ryan get shelled during his last year pitching)

So, I'll shed no tear this weekend.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 08:44 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 87

I was able to attend a few games at the Met when I was really young. My dad took me to a game in 1979 and I went with my Cub Scout pack in 1981. I also went to a Kicks game there with a friend and his dad. I remember it and miss it. I don't know how I will feel when the dome is gone. I have not taken my sons there to see a game, but they won't miss much anyway. The four year old would probably remember it, but the one year old won't. They will have memories of Target Field, though, because I will take them there. We probably will go see a few Saints games next year also.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 08:50 AM by John C Highlight this comment 88

Mike, I share your sentiment. If the Twins hadn't won two World Series in the time they were at the Dome, I can understand no tears shed and the "good riddance" sentiment. But they did win those championships, and the Dome was the venue for these championships, like it or not. The recent commercial with Hrbek, Gladden and Morris reminiscing about the 87 and 91 World Series moments recognizes these memories of winning in the Dome, but they also look forward to Target Field.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 08:50 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 89

I agree those of us who have grown up watching games in the Metrodome, remember both of the titles, remember the roof collapsing and have really known nothing else will always have a place for the bubble. That certainly doesn’t take away from how excited most of us will be to experience the game the way it's supposed to be experienced, especially for me because I remember just enough of the old Met from when I was a young lad probably 3 or 4 years old.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 09:25 AM by Strongred Highlight this comment 90

DeePee couldn't have said it better on my behalf. I still remember that feeling of looking through the opening from the concourse and feeling like it was a magic place with a huge open "sky" and bright blue seats, with a bright green field. It always seemed surreal when I was a kid.

My consolation is that we are talking about the MEMORIES, which won't go away even after we can't go there. Few, if any, of the fond comments are about going to the game TODAY.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 09:38 AM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 91

I grew up only knowing indoor baseball, so the fond memories of attending games at the Dome will always stay with me. But the baseball moment that punched me in the face the hardest was the first time I visited Miller Park. Real green grass, blue sky, and being able to see/be a part of the action when getting a hot dog. THAT is baseball

And That makes me so unbelievably excited for next year. Not to mention, playing MLB The Show and getting to use TF, instead of having the Twins play their home games in some other stadium, is going to rock.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 92

Funny story - I went to the Gopher/Air Force game and low and behold, Jim Caple from ESPN scalped the seat next to me. We talked a lot of ball and stadiums, etc...but the reason he was in town was to do a story for the Metrodome. There's several other fun outtake videos he did as well on ESPN...

(I love Torii Hunter's comments)

clicky

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:09 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 93

Unless we get playoff baseball (there's always a hope!), my final Twins game at the Dome will be on Saturday. I'm just sad that the game was moved to the afternoon by Fox. I'm going to the Gophers vs. Wisconsin in the early afternoon and had hoped for some time to unwind from that game and then get to the Dome early to watch it fill up. Now the timing is going to make things a real tight squeeze. Even as Target Field gets closer and closer to completion, it still hasn't sunk in that the Metrodome is almost done for baseball.

If the Twins and Tigers tie for first and must play a one game playoff, where and when will it take place? When the NFL and the Vikes said they wouldn't flip flop the Monday Night Football game with the rematch at Lambeau scheduled for November 1, I took it as posturing since doing anything was necessary at the time. The NFL has flip flopped games to due baseball postseason games many times in the past, so why would it force the issue now? I also didn't think the Vikes would want to create any ill will by forcing the Twins to play the game on the road. Well, now we're down to the final weekend. It is legitimately too late to switch the football games. Slim chances or not, if the Twins and Tigers tie for 1st, what happens with the playoff?

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 94

A slight correction from the above post.

When the NFL and the Vikes said they wouldn't flip flop the Monday Night Football game with the rematch at Lambeau scheduled for November 1, I took it as posturing since doing anything was unnecessary at the time.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 95

it would just be Tuesday @ the dome. no big deal

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM by some guy Highlight this comment 96

Jim Caple has always stood up for the twins. I remember reading some great articles by him when we were threatened with contraction.

The dome is the first place I saw a game as well. I was born in '82. Right around the same time as the Dome. I remember going to knothole games with my family as a kid. I remember the old dome ice in the souvenir cups. I remember munching on a hot dog and looking through my dad's binoculars from the cheap seats above left field, and I remember playing around with my brothers by the video board. I remember being blown out the door. Most of all I remember watching Puckett play, and hearing Bob Casey announce his name. "Kiirrrrrbyyyy Puuckeeeet!!"

I can't wait for TF to open. I've been following this site religiously for a couple of years now. But on Sunday afternoon, I'll be at the dome to take it all in. I'll sit in the cheap seats in left and buy my Dad one last Dome dog.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 11:44 AM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 97

Jorge: The playoff game would be Tuesday October 6th at the Dome because the Twins won the season series with the Tigers. The time of the game is TBD. Could be 3pm or 6pm, remember the Wild play at 8pm in St. Paul so that may have a bearing on the game time start.

Light the lamp. Let the weekend begin!!!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM by Max Highlight this comment 98

Why would MLB care what time the wild play? it's a different venue and across town. it's all determined by what works best for television.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 11:56 AM by tim Highlight this comment 99

i had great memories in the dome, saw my first game, and until june this year, when i went to Miller park, had never seen a game outside the dome. Also when our little league team walked around the dome before a game i was randomly picked to stand next to Eric Milton during the National Anthem. And i always remember reminding me to take off my hat.
I won't shed a tear either for that place, i won't miss it one bit, especially after seeing a real ballpark (as much as it looks like an airplane hanger), where they had real bullpens, and shaped for baseball, and then going to the dome for my only game this season, i saw the imperfections even more then i did before

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 100

I grew up in east Richfield near it's border with Bloomington. I watched the old Met get built and I watched it get torn down. My first game there was played by the Minneapolis Millers before the Twins came into existence. A short bike ride, a dollar from mowing a lawn, a crawl under the fence (the Twins knew the spot too but didn't care if you were a kid and small enough to make it under) --- and you were king for a day at a Sunday doubleheader.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 12:55 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 101

Just happened to drive down 35W about an hour ago past the Metrodome, and the "Mall of America Field" signs are already up outside the place.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 102

"it would just be Tuesday @ the dome. no big deal"

If New York elects to begin the first playoff series on Wednesday rather than Thursday, which is their perogative, it would mean no day off to travel/prepare for whichever team won the tiebreaker.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 1:01 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 103

Tim: Are you feeling scorned from being "bitch slapped" the other day by me? Think before you talk as you are quickly getting into the "Luke" territory of putting your foot in your trap. No reason to get all hot and bothered. There is a method to the madness. The game would likely be at 3pm on Tuesday as the 1st game of the ALDS in NY would be Wednesday night at 7. I could go on and on as to the other extenuating circumstances which often effect game start times that are out of TV's control. Thanks for playing. Come again!!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM by Max Highlight this comment 104

Anybody know of a good home for this sign? Hmmm?

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 105

I'm also with the group that has grown up with the metrodome as the only home I've known for the twins. I remember being really young and seeing twins games on tv, but it wasn't until I went to my first game (I also remember loving being blown out the door and hearing Puckett's name announced) at the dome that I became a twins fan for life. I'll always have good memories of the dome as well as bad, but I have a feeling that any sentimental loss I'll feel once the twins are done playing there will be replaced with the sheer joy I'll have when I go to my first game at Target Field.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 1:37 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 106

You know what they say about arguing on the internet and the Special Olympics!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 1:54 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 107

Max-New York has the option to have game one on Thursday.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:02 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 108

Twins have just now sent out info to ST types on how to acquire tiebreaker tickets. 10/6, time TBD.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:23 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 109

TTH, LOVE the idea of the Grain Belt sign going to Target Field. In fact, a couple of commenters on the Strib article raise that same idea, advocating that they could put the sign in left field to block the garbage burner! Clearly those commenters have no idea how TF is situated in relation to the burner.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:30 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 110

Question from a non-native Minnesotan:

Does any other entity regularly use the dome for baseball? I seem to remember the U hosting an early-season tournament there a few years ago, but not sure. Is this the end of baseball in any form at the dome?

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:32 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 111

I started going to games too young to actually remember my first game. I almost wish my parents had waited a year or two so I would have remembered it. There was a 3 game series in August of 1991 against Oakland. I attended 2 of the games. Each game the Twins fell behind and ended up winning late or in extra innings. Kent Hrbeks number retiring. Shannon Stewart's walk off home run against Cleveland in the 2004 home opener. Five years ago I went to Kansas City and attended my first Major League game at an outdoor stadium. I couldn't believe how different it seemed.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:39 PM by PNB19 Highlight this comment 112

I asked the MSFC that very question, and it appears that they will still host small college baseball and Gopher baseball in the early spring. At $500 bucks an hour, it's a major source of revenue for them.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:40 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 113

The dome is used regularly in march and april by high school and college teams.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:40 PM by PNB19 Highlight this comment 114

The Grain Belt sign was originaly atop a buliding in what later became skid row. It was eventually moved to the riverside sometime after the city wiped out 20 blocks and hundreds of buildings in it's effort of urban renewal. Mostly in the area just east of Hennepin Avenue and north of 5th street. That was in the mid 1950's. There's still undeveloped blocks some fifty years later. Empty lots and partialy built lots. That sign is HUGE. There isn't room in the park for it. Shells Brewering Co. in New Ulm now brews Grain Belt.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:48 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 115

Rick, Did you receive the photo I sent this morning?

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:51 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 116

How about putting the sign on top of parking ramp B so it would tower over the trapezoid seats? I know, I know, I'm just dreaming...Budweiser likely has exclusivity rights and I'm sure the city would veto that in a nanosecond. But still, it would look so cool there!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:55 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 117

I love the new sign... love it, love it, love it!
Now, if we could just get the Nicollet Island Grain Belt sign moved to a visible location, my perfect baseball backdrop would be complete. (I've given up on my quest for a new Twins-O-Gram).

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 3:06 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 118

Here is JohnF's very cool picture:


Posted on October 2, 2009 at 3:25 PM by Rick 119

Wow, seeing that sign with the seats really gives perspective on how big it is! That is AWESOME! Now just imagine the Grain Belt sign to the right of that towering over the trapezoid...

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 3:30 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 120

that ESPN video is great (OG Jeff)! Watch it if you haven't already

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 3:37 PM by Deenels Highlight this comment 121

yea Max you really "bitch slapped" me. you're the man. you seem to have all the answers.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 3:57 PM by tim Highlight this comment 122

Great pic! That thing lit up is going to be special. This logo is not very well known at all by people who are not die hard Twins fans. I have a feeling there will be a lot of people who will learn about the Old Millers and St. Paul Saints because of this Celebration Sign. When you see the logo on a hat or a jersey, you don't really notice the Logos on the players jersey. With this logo, it is very predominate.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 4:03 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 123

fantastic park signature. big fan. i tried to take a closer look from the parking garage but obviously could only see the back of the signs. Seemed to be more than just neon and incandescant bulb connections though -- any other clues that there might be some mechanical movements?

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 4:15 PM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 124

I graduated in 1980 and from day one I thought the idea of a dome stunk. I did not realize how right I was until my first game in our new dome. To me and probably all you guys too baseball just should be played outdoors period. That old Handshaking logo sign is nice. It actually reminds me more of the Met Stadium glory days than anything else.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 4:49 PM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 125

I just wanted to clarify that I did not take the photo above. I found it on a website blog. I'd give credit, but not sure who actually took the photo.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 5:17 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 126

S.I. Max. That's all I have to say.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 6:22 PM by luke Highlight this comment 127

I too am feeling a bit sentimental about the Dome. I really did not think that I would, but here I find myself wishing I would have picked up tickets for the last game so I could say my goodbye. I was born in 1983 and attended my first game in 1989. I will never forget hearing Bob Casey introduce Kirby Puckett. And to see my favorite player hit a homerun in the first game I saw was incredible.

Fast forward to 1995, I took a trip to Oklahoma and went to a Texas Rangers game. Since that day I have dreamed of the day when the Twins would play outside. My first outdoor game consisted of a 2 hr rain delay. You would think a 12 year old would not be interested in seeing that, but that was far from the truth. Seeing rain pour onto the field, seeing the lighting in the air, seeing the tarp be rolled out, everything was amazing. Then two nights later to see a game at dusk, and the sun setting, the lights hitting the green grass and iluminating the stadium, it was beautiful!

I planned on taking my 18 month this year to see the dome so he could one day tell his friends, family, kids that he went to the dome the last year they palyed there. Knowing it had no value to him now, but thinking it could later in life. However, as much as I was blown away by the dome my first time (granted I was much older) I fugured what better way to show him the game, than the way it was supposed to be played, and the way I couldn't wait to see it.

I think that the sentimental feeling has more to do with memories and feelings more than anything. It is about being a kid again, and I think thats why my age group has a tougher time with it, because for most it is all we knew. And I think thats why the older generation hates the dome, they grew up in an era without roofs. Depsite all of this, I cannot wait to have that little boy feeling again, while I take my son to his first game at Target Field next year!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 6:27 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 128

Just saw the celebration sign on the Twins pregame show, man that thing looks awesome. They zoomed in on it and it looked like alot of bulbs around the hands, so maybe it will be animated and they will shake hands after homers and wins!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 6:47 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 129

Got this picture/document link from an email earlier today....not sure where it originated (the document gives Paul Johnson credit...but it has the same pic JohnF sent Rick - I don't know). Anyway, I wanted to share it with my fellow ballpark enthusiasts...

The place looks unbelievable!

(And props to whoever I should be giving due credit to)

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 8:06 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 130

P.S. Check out the concourse/consession signage in the pics from the link above....pretty sick! Love the pics on the side of the section #'s (looks like Gardy?)

I'm already in love with this place...

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 131

excited - all i am getting when i click on the link is a google doc homepage. am i doing something wrong? i don't see anything. help?!?!

thanks

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 9:12 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 132

Gotta love this bullpen!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 9:22 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 133

Sorry beta...just double checked and its a pdf. I thought it would post OK, but I guess not.

Rick - I am sending now to your email. Can you post it? Let me know if it doesn't come through

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 9:37 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 134

There's a new gallery up. Dated, strangely enough, October 5th.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 9:37 PM by John_CR Highlight this comment 135

kev - no kidding. they reall seem to excel at giving back runs in absolutely "no pressure" situations! ughhhh

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 9:42 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 136

Nice work John CR! Good eye! - That's exactly what I was talking about.

Beta...the pdf that I had contained the same pictures, only smaller. Still...pretty cool pics!!

(Rick...I guess you can disregard posting the pdf I sent you, haha).

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 9:53 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 137

this bullpen is a frickin' joke!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:02 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 138

I don't want to be negative, but it sure would be a fitting way to end this season - to blow a 10-0 lead.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:04 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 139

The Twins dont know how to play with 10 run leads. I think they blew a game at Oakland this year, the only other time with a 10-0 lead. Man you think of that game and the loss to the Whities where Nathan gave up two dongs in the ninth, we could be on top of the division.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:06 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 140

Who cares how it finished...

WE'RE ONE GAME BACK BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!

Twins even it up tomorrow, Becky goes down at The Bank. Going to be a glorious Saturday in Minnesota

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:26 PM by Eric Highlight this comment 141

Dammit - the "last game" on Sunday is called that for a reason.
I didn't pay 80 bucks for tickets to a game with an asterisk by it.
And of course, Chicago didn't help by blowing the Tigers out of town.
The Dumpty is like a bad girlfriend, that just won't go away.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:30 PM by luke Highlight this comment 142

luke, luke, luke (me shaking my head). get over it!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:38 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 143

Beta, it is true...
Sure all the fanfare and hoopla will still take place Sunday. We'll get our little piece of paper saying we were at the "Final Game". They'll pull up the Center Field Curtain and probably burn the damn thing after the ceremony.

"But our Dome was still there..." :| . Sorry, I just can't get excited.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 10:44 PM by Not a Chance Highlight this comment 144

Wow, I took a vacation for a couple weeks and missed a lot. Go new old school sign and go Twins. Awesome!

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 11:11 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 145

luke, get over your 80 bucks and try being a real fan.

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 11:20 PM by ace Highlight this comment 146

Just keep going to games then you'll be at the last one.

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 12:27 AM by Camden Highlight this comment 147

Just thought I would ask a question why not. Is there anything anyone would want to take out of the dome as a souvenir.And it would be cool if they put some sort of clock just like they had at the met in the new place but hey its a new place it needs its own history.

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 01:16 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 148

ace, it's not about 80 bucks. I was willing to pay 80 bucks.

say you get an invitation to a wedding - at a beautiful hall, lots of people, two of your best friends, a 7-course catered dinner - you get there, but the address they sent you to was Washburn-Mcreavey Funeral Home for a funeral - they just wanted to make it look inconspicuous.

Now how would you feel about that?

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 09:55 AM by luke Highlight this comment 149

I see some things haven't changed around here. So Luke is actually hoping that the Twins don't stage an amazing comeback and win the division just so he can claim he attended the last game at a horrible ballpark? He needs to be beaten with one of those mini souvenir bats.

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 10:07 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 150

Luke, Look at it this way, you may get to go along for the honeymoon !!

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 1:10 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 151

wtf?

Posted on February 20, 2011 at 01:12 AM by bulldog Highlight this comment 152


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B ramp glimpse






This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.






Uh oh. Schizophrenia.



Section 101, Row 27



Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.



Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)



Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.






Work in progress.









The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)



Photo by Jared Wieseler






Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.






Lonely vendor...



This is the HERC Premonade with railroad tracks snaking beneath. (I think this should be named the Halsey Hall Premonade. Seriously.)



Large staircases, a staple of recent Populous (nee HOK) projects, are all over the place.



Parking ramp knothole



From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).






From an earlier visit: Don't bother with those escalators either. They were also roped off. And how about a bench? Or a planter? Or even a trash can? That woman is doing the only thing she can: leaning up against a post to do her texting.



Flowers and Hall-of-Fame plaques. Very nice.









Staircase view



Lots of people are doing it.



Looking up Fifth, with LRT tracks and B ramp at left



"Hey look! There we are!"



Lots of self-portraits were taken here after the final out.



End of the line.





















The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)



Saturday afternoon, KMSP-HD 720P



A look at Gate 34.






A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)



Friendly faces greet you right inside the door of the Legends Club.



Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)



The shade of the canopy gives way to a brief shaft of light. It would do the same again a short while later when the sun passed through that tiny open sliver between the View and Terrace levels.


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DSP - Dave St. Peter

FSE - Full Season Equivalent

FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)

HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)

HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

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