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!
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.)
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.
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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.)
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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The pink thing is a mascot. (Actually, with a damn fine mascot actor underneath.)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
This will be a great sight on game nights.
A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.
This view is from the roof of a warehouse which stood where the A ramp is today. The HERC is now located where the tracks turned north (toward the top).
Photo by Jeff Ewer
What a great sight!
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)
This is the upper deck in Anaheim
Yep, that's real grass down there, son.
This is the last hope for so-called knot-hole views. I'm skeptical.
Looking up toward Sixth Street.
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
This was on BPM night. Nice neon, but I'm still waiting to see the homer show.
This will be a bar/restaurant.
Flowers. Real flowers.
The base of the old Met Stadium flagpole. (The plaque refers to the "Flame of Freedom" and not the origin of the pole.)
(Click to enlarge.)
In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.
Supports viewed from beneath. These seats will be just a few feet from the outside edge of the building!
The Northstar station at night
Even today, throw a fastball to that guy at your own risk.
Finally, a night game image -- complete with fireworks! (OK, it's either a construction photo which has been Photoshopped, or some lucky photographer spent the Fourth of July in the upper deck watching the fireworks over the river. Cool either way.)
The electronic sign has been corrected (and never forget that ballpark is one word, not two)
Here's the Northstar platform.
The lot within the lot.
A whole bunch of guys working on something.
This is where you will put out your butts -- I mean enjoy some pretty flowers.