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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The first completed mural
Today's match-up (click to enlarge)
Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.
Section 139, Row 8
8:32 PM The glare is gone. Elapsed time: 1 hour (approximately 3 innings).
Selling exactly what they say they're selling.
The Northstar stop has a name.
The green in question (click for very large version)
Very interesting detail starting to appear here.
Loading dock -- already in use!
Two concepts here remain in the final design. First is the oddly-shaped pavilion in center. Second is the section just above the right field fence. In the current design this section will hang over the field by a few feet. The original doesn't do that, but you can see that the concept goes way back in the planning.
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Workers against green
World Series trophies on display at left
A scene repeated about a million times each game
Limestone will cover this pretty soon, but for now you can see where the escalator is.
Inexplicable bright yellow baseball amid the trees.
Looking from near the entry doors toward the center, the atrium is just visible at the far right.
The proposed wooden screen covering the circulation ramp on Fifth Street (at left is the equivalent screen on Seventh Street).
Citi Field as viewed from Shea.
Final Metrodome baseball sight
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.