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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A very unique space
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
This is what passes for imagination at Miller Park -- they didn't even get the shape right! (Source: LP)
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.
I never think of Ron Jackson at all.
I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.
This will be a great sight on game nights.
The Seventh Street facade
Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune
Here's the view as you step to the front of the outer moat beyond first base.
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
Not much facade left to be finished at this point.
Nuts on Clark (a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field)
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
The future history of Minnesota ballparks will go here
A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.
TC meets the Mayor (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Kirby Jr. set to take down the last number
7:42 PM It moves to the left in the image and begins to blossom.
Secret entrance exposed!
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
View level as seen through the Seventh Street circulation ramp