With the land deal stuck in legal limbo, thoughts have turned to other (far more interesting) matters. So let me expand on a subject brought up today in the comments: the ballpark color scheme.
There are actually a number of color schemes which will have to be established: exterior, concourse, suites, fences, dugouts -- I could go on. It's a whole lot of little decisions that have a whole lot of repercussions. Back when I worked in the corporate world, I was responsible for making such decisions while opening several new facilities. I remember trying to figure out what color carpeting and wallpaper leads to greatest productivity among employees! Multiply that by about 40,000 and you have an idea of what the team is up against.
I'm sure that some experts with very good taste will be selected to do various interior and exterior designs. But most of us rabble will never see the inside of a suite -- let alone the dugout (OK, maybe on TV or on a tour). What we really care about is the seating bowl.
As far as I know, the color scheme for the seating bowl has not yet been determined. What has been seen in renderings is probably not an indicator of how it will appear. Like everything else in those drawings, it's just a concept.
According to Dave St. Peter, many people suggested color schemes when the team's comment page first opened. Some designers went so far as to send entire palettes of colors and materials, no doubt hoping to get a head start on the bidding process.
The Twins do have official colors, of course. But I'm not sure that either of them (red or blue) makes the perfect color for all of the seating. The blue might work, but it's a little dark. The red would look just get a little too close to St. Louis or Cincinnati.
One color that seems pretty unlikely is Metrodome Blue. We've all looked at that for way too long now.
In fact, it was that sickeningly sweet blue which was partially responsible for my initial dislike of the Dome (the other factor was its uniformity). At the time, I couldn't quite put a finger on why it seemed so wrong. But I've figured it out:
Look behind these smiling heroes for a terrific color scheme.
Met Stadium was decked out in a series of colors rather than any one single shade. I've checked around to see if there was a reason for this, but haven't been able to come up with one. It's quite possible that the designers got a discount for taking a variety pack of leftovers, but I can't confirm that.
Whatever the reason, the slight variety of color is striking and provides a depth when viewed from afar. It's also a link to the team's ballpark history, which I think is quite appropriate and valuable.
"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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Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
LRT at the ballpark
It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
Um, I think that guy is out.
This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.
Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.
The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!
Another look at the outfield stands (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Note that the sign in the background will NOT be changed because "Twins Way" doesn't extend this far north.
This is the Carew gate covered in plastic.
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)
A closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.
Very nice Admin glass.
One more time from the third base side.
The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."
Parking ramp knothole
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
The Fun Zone/Rescue Area in Oakland during the second inning
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place
The renderings and concept model differ here. MOJO thinks this is the perfect place for a party deck. Dave St. Peter seemed to agree!
I know these are giants bats with hops growing inside, but... Hmm...
Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.
The beautiful Promenade has become a sea of temporary barricades. (Smoker's Row outside the unnumbered gate)
A seating bowl comes into focus. Note that the netting has been installed on the foul pole. (Field Box)