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Chicken - Brats - Fries

January 17, 2010 12:40 AM

This afternoon, Noah and I were able to take a stroll around the entire perimeter of the ballpark! That's right, the promenade is open!

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Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.

We also got to try out the skywalk over Seventh Street, and see the wind veil up close.

As you might expect, it's mostly little details that you'll notice being finished as you walk around there these days. Here are a few images, with plenty more to come over the next few days.

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The Hennepin Grille appears to feature chicken, brats, and fries.

On the one hand, I appreciate minimalism. Keep it short and to the point. I can support that.

On the other hand, these signs tread perilously close to the kind you might see above the concession stand in one of the nicer high schools. They are a little short on imagination and style.

Of course, if the food is good, who cares, right?

I extracted the following menu summary from a recent press release:

Mill City Grill -- the signature Murray's Steak Sandwich and walleye fingers

Hennepin Grille -- burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken tenders

Frankie V's Italian -- a variety of pizza, calzones, and an Italian chopped salad

North Shore Creamery -- soft-serve sundaes, Twins helmet sundaes

Halsey's Sausage Haus -- Italian and Polish sausage and jumbo hot dogs

Señor Smoke's -- features food from Berenguer's home country of Panama, including empanadas and other regional favorites such as nachos, burritos and tacos

Taste of Twins Territory -- beer-steamed brats, jumbo hot dogs and pretzels

State Fair Classics -- Walleye on-a-stick, pork chop on-a-stick and cheese curds

Twins Brews -- craft and premium selections from Minnesota breweries

Frankly, I love all of these names. Great variety, and lots of local flavor (and flavors). Paying homage to Halsey Hall is way cool (though you may remember that I have long lobbied for his name to grace the promenade), and I also long ago put in my vote for recognizing Berenguer.

In presentation alone, the food will be miles ahead of what we've known.

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I'm not sure why there's a wreath on Gate 3. (I quickly checked the headlines for any dreaded Killebrew news. Whew.) It looks to be in celebration, maybe of the move.


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Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)

I can't help but notice that the Code of Conduct now refers to customers as "guests" a la another big corporation I could name..

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Hardware in the window! (But why are there three trophies? 1924?)

It's very cool to see a World Championship trophy clearly on display through a window in the admin building.

But if you look closely, there are actually three trophies on display. Now, why would that be? The only explanation I can think of, other than facsimiles, would be the Senators' win in 1924. I couldn't get a good enough photo to count the flags on the other two, so I can't say for sure. (In order for it to be 1924, there should be 16 flags.)

Welcome!

We're officially on the downhill slide toward opening day, so I'm going to be ramping up the coverage here. I've got a ton of pictures to share, and only a short time each day in which to do it. So you can expect more frequent, but perhaps a bit less lengthy updates.

Be sure to become a Facebook fan. A lot of the links I receive are posted there in real time as I see them -- usually in between my posts here. (Twitter followers will get tweets whenever there's a new Facebook post.) I'm working on an email subscription option as well.

Also, get ready for TC Traders. Interest continues to pour in, and I expect we'll have a great pool of tickets available, and lots of folks looking for them. The service should be open for preregistration sometime in the next week to 10 days, with actual trading available well before opening day. I have a few more ducks to get in a row, but everything is on track. (Though it's another reason I have less time for writing these days.)

Let's close with a new glamor shot:

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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rick - noah doesn't know how lucky he is to have such a "fun" dad to hang out with while doing stuff like this. nice work as always.

thanks!

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 01:03 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 1

yay food! nice pics sir, let the countdown begin! (even tho ive been counting down for so long)

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 01:21 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 2

Rick, I continue to be bewildered with your concern over the signage over concession stands. Not the first time you've brought it up after all. Who really cares? Besides, when I'm hungry and want some food at the game, simple signs like that help out quite a bit. Can't remember the number of times I was sent on a french fry hunt for my youngest daughter during a game at the Metrodome and had to pour over the entire menu at each stand to see if they had them, so maybe I'm biased in that way.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 01:27 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 3

Buffalo,

I can deeply relate to your search for fries at the Dome. I've done that search myself. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack (though they were truly worth the search, and once I found them, I went back at least once per game).

But I'm just saying: They spent half a billion on the place. It seems like it would be worth a few extra bucks for some nice lighted signs which match the look of the place and the tremendous attention to detail seen elsewhere in the project.

It's subjective, I admit, but if "God is in the detail" (which I believe), then you gotta consider the details. Maybe I get a little obsessed by details. Some of my friends (including the singers in my choirs) would probably say that about me... (Bob? You wanna weigh in here?)

It's just an uncharacteristically odd misstep. That's all. It won't affect how the park plays, or how much I enjoy the fries (which I'll certainly know where to buy and I'm sure hoping are as good as those old Dome fries).

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 01:49 AM by Rick 4

Eh, to me the style of the signs looks fine and it fits with the park. They have lights right above them and I don't feel like they've scrimped at all. But that's just me. While it's true "God is in the details," to me these are details that almost nobody will even notice.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 02:23 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 5

Really looking forward to TC Traders AND some decent variety of food @ Target Field..The signage is generic hopefully it won't taste that way:)

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 08:18 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 6

New post. Awesome. And I don't think the WS trophy existed in 1924.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM by Sean Highlight this comment 7

I wonder if the Twins (or MLB) are going to run you off in regard to the ticket trading as well - they seem heavily invested in Stubhub and you might be cramping their play again?

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 8

Looking forward to the "ramped up" coverage. I've been finding myself particularly geeked-up about the ballpark. Longer days, the knowledge that pitchers and catchers report NEXT month, and finalizing an opening day group. Can't wait to scope out ALL the details.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 9

Ben - There are far more secondary market/trading sites for MLB to be concerned with before TCTraders. The Twins have a contract with MLBAM for StubHub and it is MLBAM that actually has the contract with StubHub. MLBAM will go after RazorGator and all the other "non-official" secondary ticket market sites and aggregaters before small potatoes link Rick (no offense intended)

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 1:19 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 10

A couple of things to keep in mind about TCTraders:

1. I am not selling tickets. To do that, I would also have to be buying tickets, which I have no intention of doing (other than those I'll be actually using myself, of course).

2. I am merely facilitating a connection between people who have tickets and people who want them. Once the connection is made, I step out of the transaction (though I may be able to offer some other fulfillment-related services eventually).

3. I am not profiting in any way from the actual sale of tickets. I do not take any percentage of the sale, just a simple (and highly affordable) membership fee to be part of the group.

Will the Twins object to this? I suppose it's possible, but I don't see it. I won't be using any of their intellectual property, nor will I be profiting from them in any way. In fact, TCTraders need not be limited to Twins tickets, or even sports tickets for that matter.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 1:47 PM by Rick 11

I look forward to having another outlet besides Ebay/Craigslist/StubHub to sell my Twins season tickets or any other ticket for that matter..I will also probably use it it to swap or buy..The 1 time small fee is peanuts..If they hassle TCTraders it opens up a can of worms for ALL outlets who offer tickets to buy and sell.Like Rick said it's a connection site,straight up.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 2:08 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 12

When will TC Traders be "open" for business? I suppose the Twins haven't mailed out STH packages, nor have they sold single game tickets...so, no one really has tickets in hand just yet to sell.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 4:27 PM by luke Highlight this comment 13

i think the background trophy is in front of a mirror.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 5:35 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 14

Back to the issue of signage for the concession stands, I totally agree with Rick. Details are important and signage, good or bad, does affect peoples perception of things which affects the extent to which they purchase your product. It doesn't take much to create a compelling sign for brats, et all so why not do it? When this simple creativity is missing (my college major was accounting and not marketing by the way) it just doesn't make sense. Why go to the trouble of creating all these partnerships with Murray's etc, send out all these press releases about how compelling the food will be and then follow it up with bland signs that don't support the brand you are trying to portray? Not to beat the subject to death, but it's just somewhat of a head scratcher, that's all.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:46 PM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 15

well, they have to be careful with the signage since it never gets above freezing in Minnesota - it has to withstand they year-round blizzard conditions, doncha know?? :D

but seriously, i don't care what the signs look like as long as the food is awesome. Anyway, I kinda like their understated-ness.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 8:07 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 16

Apologies if this has come up already, but in the Jan Ballpark Authority photo update, there are 6 blue circles on the walls of the Admin building. Are we thinking that's where our retired numbers will be displayed?

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 8:58 PM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 17

I hadn't seen the January photos, or any blue circles in any previous photos. After looking though, I'd say that is almost certainly where they'll go.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 10:17 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 18

Click my name for the link to the January 2010 pictures courtesy of the Ballpark Authority.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 10:44 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 19

Click my name for the January 2010 monthly construction report courtesy of Ballpark Authority.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 10:49 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 20

For all the food junkies, check out Taste of Twins Territory. Click my name for the link.

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 10:52 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 21

I'm sure I'll never set foot in there, but one of the things I love about the photo of the Metropolitan Club in those latest Ballpark Authority photos is how the color scheme pays homage to the color panels on the outside of the old Met Stadium. Nice touch.


Posted on January 18, 2010 at 05:56 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 22

If you look closely the P is missing in metropolitan, so it is the metro olitan club.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 09:33 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 23

I too enjoyed a walk on the promenade this weekend. I was surprised to see flat screens already installed outside on the concourses in some places. Good post Rick.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:20 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 24

If you look closely the P is missing in metropolitan, so it is the metro olitan club.

I love the tongue-in-cheek caption offered by the MBA..."Still working on finishing details." Nice to see humor at work in the process. I wish that there were some nighttime photos, too.

Drove past on I-94 Friday night, and steam from a nearby building made the lit-from-below canopy look as if there were a moving screen in front of it. And, of course, very nice to see the scoreboard Twins logo all lit up, too.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:49 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 25

Mmmm...steamed garbage.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 26

I wonder if they will have charcoal fired grills for brats etc like they do at Hammond Stadium (Twins Spring training in Fr. Myers)

That was a great experience to sit outside and watch our Twins, eating a hot fresh charcoal grilled Brat and a nice cool beer under the stars. The smell along the concourse reminds me what a stadium should smell like. Met Center was the last indoor stadium I went to that had the proper smell.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:16 AM by OldMetFan Highlight this comment 27

I know not Target Field related, but thought folks might have missed it - the Cubs plan a massive "Wrigley 20-14" renovation - the 100th anniversary of the ballpark (click my name)...

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM by Goober Highlight this comment 28

I wonder how many times the people that worked the burger stand at the dome got tired of taking Dome Dog orders they couldn't fill. Maybe better signs will fix this. How do you train the masses though that they can only get what they see on the signs? Are hot dogs even on the signs? This always irritated me about the dome concessions. Once I began attending games regularly I figured it out but many fans are there once or twice a year.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 1:29 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 29

OldMetFan ---

Many, if not all, concessions at Hammond are operated by church groups and the like. They are at all times friendly, helpful, and genuinely appreciative of your patronage. The Twins are unlikely to let someone else make a buck at their (our) new place.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 2:54 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 30

From Business First of Buffalo - by Terry Lefton SportsBusiness Journal

"Meanwhile, Buffalo-based New Era will add one more branded store to its collection with another opening in the Minnesota Twins’ new Target Field this spring."

Click my name for the article

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 31

FYI you can now get last year's Saturday official New Era fitted cap (Red with blue bill) for $10 at the Twins Pro Shop($35 regular price). It looked like they had all of the common sizes still, but I didn't look that close, since I got one at full price last year...

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 3:42 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 32

How about a Gomez jersey?

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 3:47 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 33

The Twins are continuing the practice of letting volunteer groups run concession stands.
I don't think the Metropolitan Club will be particularly exclusive. Probably just need a season ticket in hand. They were easy to get outside the Metrodome, and even though tickets will usually be tougher to get now, there are many more season tickets than past years.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 4:46 PM by robin Highlight this comment 34

I was told by my rep that you will need to show your season ticket ID card to gain access. Not sure how "official" that is, but its what he told me.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 5:09 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 35

From the Construction update pictures, it looks like the retired numbers will be on the Admin Building. I'll try to grab screen capture later.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 6:26 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 36

I tried to capture that image of the circles yesterday but the resolution is pretty low. Here's what I got:


Does anybody else find those Flash movie photo updates annoying? There's no way to pause them, and if I want to look more closely at something I have to wait for it to come around again and capture the whole screen. It's kind of a pain...

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 8:03 PM by Rick 37

Hey JCTwins, What pro shop has the caps for $10? I checked the online proshop and they still have them at the same price. Did you notice them at that price at one of the mall proshops?

I can't every get too many caps.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 8:21 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 38

boo on the decision to still let volunteers man the concession stands in the new ballpark.

yummmmm........just what i want......a person who is probably using most of the cooking equipment for the first time "destroying" my empanada or murray's steak sandwich or walleye. come on twins!

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 9:28 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 39

In the January picture update by the Ballpark Authority there is an image of an outdoor beverage bar. Is this bar part of the Town Ball Tavern that will be out in the Twins Admin Building? Or is it a separate hang out area?

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 9:32 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 40

My mistake, then. I had heard just the ticket was alright. Like the little club in the Metrodome. I wonder if they would allow a STH to bring in a guest once in a while.
I guess with Legend Club, you need the actual ticket for admission.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 9:49 PM by robin Highlight this comment 41

Jeff - the bar in the Ballpark Authority photo update appears to be the bar on the Budweiser Roof Deck. The Town Ball Tavern is INSIDE the lower level of the Admin building

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:09 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 42

Beta, I happen to think having volunteers at concession stands is one of the better ideas the Twins could have. They have to man the stands anyway, and it's not every stand. Most stands are still run by regular employees, and it's a great way to give back to the community.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:13 PM by Sass Highlight this comment 43


Posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:25 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 44

Looking at the picture of the plaza/MC taken from A Ramp:

For some stupid reason I didn't expect the veil to look so "metallic". I thought it would be more see-through, and would let more of the ramp's brick color through.

It looks better than I imagined! It ties together the other metallic looking parts of the stadium (under-belly of the canopy, the topiary bats, the fencing, the trim surrounding the MC windows).

Nice work :thumbsup:

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:48 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 45

And DreDog, if they stick with the original plan, the wind veil will look even better when it's lit up. The original sketches showing that looked fantastic. Can't wait to see that. Click on my name for a slideshow from last year that gives an idea what that could look like.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:03 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 46

I saw the hats at the Twins Pro Shop on 42 in Apple Valley. They also have the old road "Minnesota" jersey discounted there. They aren't exactly cheap, but they are discounted from what they once were. I don't remember how much.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:29 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 47

That photo of the bar above is not on the roof deck. The photo clearly shows it's level with the press box. It's likely below the upperdeck grandstand.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:30 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 48

I'll agree with Beta my frustration at having people re-learn the concessions at every game. It's not very professional, and really slows the lines down. I like the charitable aspect of it, but would like to see them find another way. They could certainly make up for a $10/hour wage by the added volume they could add. People just walk away when they see how slow the lines are moving at times.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:31 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 49

Sounds as if the food will actually be grilled according to this article. Not sure if they would use charcoal grills, but atleast they wont just be cooked on the rollers.

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:41 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 50

Rick,

When I want to look at a pic on the BA slideshow longer, I right click the pic and then un-select the "Play" option on the list that appears. Sometimes it takes more than once, but if I do it enough it always stops. Hope that helps.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 02:50 AM by Oaks Highlight this comment 51

In relation to the cheap signage they had to do that so they could save some money to pour into all those great free agent signings they made in the offseason. Heheheheh.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 03:20 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 52

I agree with The Truth Hurts clublevelfan. The outdoor bar area that I was referring to looks like it is at club level. Is this the same level that the Town Ball Tavern will be?

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 08:57 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 53

Does anyone know if the Twins will be hiring concessionaires for the new ballpark or do they already have enough workers from prior years?

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 09:55 AM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 54

RE: Free agents

I think the Twins reluctance to sign big time free agents has as much to do with giving up a first round draft pick as it does the money. A Type A free agent (O-Dawg for example) would cost us the $$ and our first round pick next year. Is it worth it? Maybe for a young player and a multi-year contract, but not for a one year deal. Regardless, its not a good long term strategy for an organization unless you've got money to burn like the Yanks and Sox.

The Twins are more apt to pursue a Type B free agent or a trade for this reason.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM by Dale Highlight this comment 55

Bob323STH,

I believe that all of the big name free agent concessionaires are going to end up in New York or Boston. If history is any guide, the Twins will likely be looking for vendors from within their system to fill open spots in the majors.

All I can say is that I hope to God they sign Wally to an extension sometime this season...

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 11:04 AM by Rick 56

Former Twins players currently unemployed will work concessions. I heard that Chuck Knoblauch applied for a vendor's job but failed when asked to hit his target with a bag of peanuts 12 seats down.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 57

Jose Offerman is now available to run the concessions...

He ranks up there pretty high with other free agent signings such as Ramon Ortiz, Sidney Ponson, Ruben Sierra, Bret Boone, Tony Batista, Pat Borders, and Rondell White to name a few.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 11:59 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 58

I believe Hudson was not offered arbitration and as such would not cost any draft picks.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 12:08 PM by strategery Highlight this comment 59

Bob,

Delaware North is in the process of hiring about 900 employees. It wasn't as cool as our resident ninjas missions into TF, but I did my own 007 mission yesterday.

clicky-click

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 12:11 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 60

Pretty good article about the most efficient teams in terms of payroll from the last year.

Heard that they will announce tomorrow when single game tickets go on sale. Anybody else heard this, or know what the date will be?

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 12:20 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 61

Elston! This is the coolest picture I've seen in recent memory:


And the caption: "Veins of beer run through the innards of the stadium"

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 12:44 PM by Rick 62

Sorry, Rick - I don't buy your sign critique at all.

The flip side of your argument is that there's no need to reinvent the wheel. Making changes for the sake of making changes is silly and often degrades the end result. Some things are traditional for a reason.

For the signage functionality, it works perfectly. You have a distinct logo and brand, you can read it from a distance, and it is illuminated by the lights above.

The fact that it's not back-lit doesn't concern me at all, as far too many back lit signs look like total crap, to be honest. Your assertion seems to be that they could have spent more on lighted signs, and more is better. I completely reject that assertion. More costly signs do not make better signs as a matter of course.

Now, I say all of this based just on your one photo from a far distance away - but that tells me all I need to know, really - since that sign is completely legible and understandable from such a distance. I can see the brand of the place, I know what they're offering, and the 'storefront' is easily identifiable.

Signage is not art. This is not a place where creativity trumps all - it has to function above all else. There are very real rules that graphic designers adhere to for good reasons when designing wayfinding systems.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 12:44 PM by Alex B. Highlight this comment 63

Here's another view of that bar from the BPA update. This gives a better idea of just where it's located:


Both the outdoor bar and the Town Ball Tavern, which is located on the same level in corner of the building facing 5th Street, will be accessible to all fans.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 12:49 PM by Rick 64

Alex,

I'm not interested in art (or back-lighting, or any specific attribute), just something that looks a little more finished. Some of the signage I've seen elsewhere in the stadium is every bit as functional, but more attractive, polished and unified.

I guess I didn't say it specifically, but I like the addition of the words. It helps people to know at a glance what type of food is available at the stand (versus, say "Field Fare", which does not).

These just look out of place to me, but attractiveness is subjective. We can disagree.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 1:06 PM by Rick 65

I like that photo because that looks to be about where my season tickets are. Section 226 row 3, although I might be one section closer to the plate than that photo.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 1:22 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 66

JJ Hardy and Delmon Young signed. Six left.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 67

It just doesn't seem real yet that we will soon be enjoying Minnesota Twins baseball at this beautiful ballpark in just 12 weeks...It still feels like a dream.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 1:28 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 68

We are getting closer and closer to TwinsFest with no word of a Mauer contract extension, or even talks. The FO better be workin' on this or they are gonna be lookin' like a fool with their pants on the ground.

I am now starting to get nervous.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 1:33 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 69

I've got to side with Rick on the concession signage. Everything in the park is quite imaginative and interesting and the signage is just plain boring. Functional - yes, but also boring. Walking from Ramp A to my office every day, the sign on the plaza concession stand seems to catch my eye simply because it looks out of place in it's surroundings. That said, I think this is only being mentioned because it is surrounded by such great design.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM by 21 Highlight this comment 70

Elston Gunn,

Mazeratirick and I are proud to welcome you to the fraternity of ninjas. Job well done.

in other news...
The glass store in the left field corner will be an "on-field" store with exclusive New Era and Majestic caps and jerseys. They're going to put an oversized cap on the entrance.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 1:49 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 71

I think in a post from St. Peter many months ago he said single game tickets were tentatively scheduled to go on sale March 13. It seems too late in my opinion. I would have started them prior to Christmas but there is, most likely, a reason they didn't. Thanks for the info on concessions, Elston.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 1:58 PM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 72

Article from KMSP says that the Twins Box offices are now open. It also says that fans are now able to walk up and get tickets to the new park, but that has to be wrong. Would think they ment Spring Training tickets?

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 2:03 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 73

Here is a pic i took @ the "cell" in chicago last summer they have a new era store, itws cool thye set up this disply with the visiting teams main caps..

click!

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 2:22 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 74

sorry try this

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 2:23 PM by PC230206">Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 75

Here is the link to the blog from Dave St. Peter regarding single game tickets going on sale March 13.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 2:35 PM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 76

Sorry, but I meant to mention that it was obvious that the ticket windows on Fifth Street at Twins Way were open for business. The seating map in the window is for Hammond Stadium, and the schedule is for spring training.

These are the only ticket windows not still behind construction barricades. As yet, I don't see any accessible automatic ticket machines.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM by Rick 77

From the Strib...Update: A team source has confirmed that the team has agreements with all eight of these arbitration eligible players. We are working to get the terms for Liriano, Neshek, Guerrier, Harris and Crain.

WELCOME BACK JESSE CRAIN!!

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 78

The ticket window on 5th looked ready to go at lunch today but there was nary a human being in sight when I walked by.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 3:20 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 79

From the Strib: (continuation of TTH's post)

With eight players eligible for arbitration, the Twins appear to be paring down that list.

They reached agreement on a one-year deal with shortstop J.J. Hardy worth about $5 million, with incentives for plate appearances, a person familiar with the negotiations told our La Velle Neal today.

Other players eligible for arbitration include Carl Pavano, Matt Guerrier, Delmon Young, Francisco Liriano, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek and Brendan Harris. Today is the day arbitration figures are released, which usually spurs a few settlements, so we’ll post updates as we learn them.

Update: Hardy’s deal is for $5.1 million, according to La Velle’s source.

Update: The Twins have agreed to a $2.6 million deal with Young, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The deal includes up to $50,000 in performance incentives. Young made $1.15 million last season.

Update: The Twins agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with Carl Pavano, La Velle confirmed with a person familiar with the negotiations.

Update: A team source has confirmed that the team has agreements with all eight of these arbitration eligible players. We are working to get the terms for Liriano, Neshek, Guerrier, Harris and Crain.

Update: Guerrier gets $3.15 million, more than doubling his salary. He made $1.475 million last year, posting a 2.36 ERA in 79 G.

Update: Harris agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million contract with up to $650,000 in incentives. Harris gets $1.45 million in base salary this year and $1.75 million in 2011.

Update: Neshek gets $625,000 with $75,000 in incentives after missing all of 2009 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Update: Liriano’s deal is for $1.6 million, and Crain’s deal is for $2 million. Harris was only Twin to receive a multi-yr deal today.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 80

Those 8 players are at $23,525,000 in salary for 2010 excluding any incentives.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 5:56 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 81

So are they finished incorporating MN food at the ballpark. I know obviously items like the juicy lucy, walleye on a stick, and other state fair food are distinctly Minnesota, but as far as I can tell Murray's is the only MN restaurant actually represented. Is that the case, are they still adding more places, or are there other MN restaurants I am missing that are there? Also I believe I read there will be a place for MN beers, does anyone know which beers will included from MN? Thanks a lot!

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 11:34 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 82

i guess twins skipper ron gardenhire showed off to the crowd attending the twins caravan in maplewood yesterday what the walleye on a stick will look like at target field.

click my name for a picture of the mighty big morsels. gardenhire likes to double-fist when he eats fish.

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 01:18 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 83

Well, Hammer, has it been revealed who is going to do the "Juicy Lucy" for TF? I'd think a local restaurant (i.e. Matt's Bar) would be behind that...

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 06:55 AM by luke Highlight this comment 84

I remember hearing a rumor about Kramarczuk's sausage being served at TF.

I love a nice sausage.

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 07:48 AM by Wanda Phillips Highlight this comment 85

One of those articles said a Target Field "version" of the Juicy Lucy. It probably will look and taste different, too. I think this is more hype than reality.

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 08:13 AM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 86

CAN'T WAIT.

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 7:18 PM by BULLDOG Highlight this comment 87


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Also from the B ramp entrance off of Third, a look up at the tiny crack between ballpark and parking ramp



Emergency access viewed in context



This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.



This mural is behind the staircase. The window looks onto the promenade, and the door goes to a kitchen.



Lower deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.



A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).



Trees also have sprouted near the topiaries



Um, I think that guy is out.



These are the outside tracks which go under the promenade



First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.



Town Ball Tavern balcony



The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing



Night (about the 7th inning)



It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.






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









Nearby, workers are finishing a support column. The guy at the bottom is using some sort of personal dirt mover (inset). Very cool.



Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)



Clyde Doepner's Met Stadium Memorabilia (Source: LP)



Hardware in the window! (But why are there three trophies? 1924?)



Look closely at the overhang. You'll see the on the right it is flush with the fence, and then it sticks out farther and farther as you move toward center. More fun for Michael Cuddyer.



I took this picture just moments before Morneau's homer landed almost exactly where I had been standing. If only I hadn't wanted to watch the game...



Very nice Admin glass.












Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room






Met Stadium seat colors (click for the complete image)



Uh oh. Schizophrenia.






Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level



Gate 29 "Carew" is at right.












Through the windows of the Metropolitan Club you can see one of the displays of Met Stadium memorabilia.






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






The Northstar circulation building is starting to take shape.






Replays on the out-of-town scoreboard!






Plaza seating installation






A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.





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BPM - Ballpark Magic

BRT - Bus Rapid Transit

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

TF - Target Field

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Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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(2000, large coffee table)
 


Original edition (2000, round)
 


Revised edition (2006, round)
 


(2001, medium coffee table)
 


(2002, small coffee table)
 


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(2004, very large coffee table)
 


(2006, very large coffee table)
 


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Book and six ballpark miniatures
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