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.
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This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.
For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.
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A place to sit (does it look like a pitcher's mound to you?)
Serious home dugout work in progress.
From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
No griping here.
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.
The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.
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!
The glare problem.
This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.
Showing more of the context for the louvers.
Knothole non-view #2
Love the red flowers -- just like the original concept drawings. That NEVER happens.
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Denard Span ready, in a swoop of sunlight.
Also warming things up are these planters.
Close-up on the diagram of the Club Level with finishing materials (click to enlarge)
Center field seating
Also from the same lobby, other window, a view which will clearly disappear before too long...
Pawlenty makes it official!
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
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One of the many supports being built over the tracks.