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!
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.
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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"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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!
Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)
Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)
Installation in action (Home Plate Box)
New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)
Looking through the transit hub
At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.
Steps going up at Gate 29/Carew
This is the HERC Premonade with railroad tracks snaking beneath. (I think this should be named the Halsey Hall Premonade. Seriously.)
Lots of sun, but not much scoreboard from 127
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place
Original outfield configuration
A timeline of design and construction of the ballpark. (Click to enlarge. Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings
Work on the pavilion in center.
(Click to enlarge)
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew
This looks from the base of the stairs, behind the big pillars, toward the street.
View from the Overlook
Wow! Looking good.
Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.
Heaters over standing room (the backs of the retired number circles visible above)
Thome steps in.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
Looking north (toward Fifth Street and the LRT station).
Two plazas in Spain. (Brad and I were pretending to steal coins from the fountain. We were all just so darn funny back in high school, eh?)
Bird's-eye view of the trees
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
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures