November 15, 2006 1:08 PM
The A's have notions of moving out of McAfee Colisseum. It's far from being a done deal, but they are working on a partnership with Cisco, makers of wireless everything. PC World reports that they have some fabulous concepts.
This is some pretty forward thinking. The Twins need to get on this bandwagon right away:
Cisco's Ballpark Will be Wireless Showcase
The A's aren't just leaving Oakland, they're moving to a high-tech ballpark crafted by Cisco Systems to also show off its wireless networking technology.
Cisco CEO John Chambers on Tuesday described plans for the up-to-$500 million ballpark in Fremont, California, 22 miles south of the team's current home. Our IDGNS News Service colleague Robert Mullins filed a report.
The 34,000-seat Cisco Field will feature a wireless network on which fans can use handheld devices to watch instant replays, order food and beverages, communicate with friends, and keep score. Fans will be able to buy tickets online, receive their ticket as a file on a smartphone to show at the gate, and visit kiosks inside the stadium to upgrade their seats. Stadium employees will use other handheld communicators that use radio-frequency identity (RFID) technology to locate and talk to each other.
"This is about how we take America’s favorite pastime and enable it for where the future will be," Chambers at the announcement, accompanied by A's owner Lewis Wolff, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and others. He added that as many as 80 technology applications have been considered for the stadium.
Completion of the new stadium, near Cisco's San Jose headquarters, may be three to five years away. Cisco is also weighing which technology companies it will will partner with to develop the platform for Cisco Field. Similar Cisco technology is deployed at Busch Stadium, the home field of baseball's St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, Missouri.
"This state-of-the-art ball park that is going to be built will be not only one of our treasures, but it will set the pace for ballparks that come after it," Selig said.
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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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Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
Flag poles, fencing, main entrance gates
Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
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Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)
This is the area above the pro shop, with some new support structure
The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!
Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).
The Northstar circulation building is starting to take shape.
Larry DiVito, mowing
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
Items promoting the Twins 2014 All-Star Game bid. I got to bring one of these buckets home, and Noah got his first-ever taste of Cracker Jacks.
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The Metrodome has sure been tarted up.
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.
This is the Carew gate covered in plastic.
The dessert carts came out earlier, and looked even better than last year.
Also warming things up are these planters.
The suite mock-up
Louver samples on display.
Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
Here's the Northstar platform.
Our conductor in Big Lake
This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.
No, that's not Kent Hrbek. It's catcher Glenn Borgmann.
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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