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Construction Update from Greg

May 7, 2008 10:39 AM

Here's a quick batch of construction photos taken today and kindly provided by mplsgreg.

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The webcam shows that they have poured the home dugout floor. Seems like weird timing, but I'm sure there's a good reason. Very cool.

Tomorrow I'm actually touring the site and hope to have a few close-ups of what's going on!

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Thanks for the pix. Is there any other construction project in the Twin Cities that has this level of interest from so many people? Well, there are a couple of I35W projects that have my undivided attention when I'm driving, but not when I'm sitting down.

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 11:07 AM by Dave T Highlight this comment 1

Is that last pic with the rendering new? I don't remember seeing that one before. Are there more?

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM by J. Highlight this comment 2

ok thank you guys for posting these. another wretched couple of seasons in that dome but the payoff will be worth the wait. looks spectacular.

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 12:19 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 3

Yes, that was the new rendering I was referring to in the skyway/parking garage. Thanks for taking it. It is tough to tell, but if you see it in person, there is significant more detail that can be appreciated. Also, there are more views from this "HD" rendering in the pamphlet that is connected to this ad.

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 1:24 PM by Matt Highlight this comment 4

what is going in across the street? There is a cement truck parked there.

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 1:25 PM by MEATBALL Highlight this comment 5

Thanks for putting these up, but it sure would be nice for the Twins to put that updated rendering on their site, so it was easier to view (larger image)...

Moose

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 2:30 PM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 6

We've talked on and off about the restaurant scene near the new ballpark. Well, if you are an entrepreneur looking to get in on that scene, click my name for an opportunity I discovered today.

One can't help but wonder why they're selling now...

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 7:01 PM by Rick 7

Rick - what bar is that?

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 8:25 PM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 8

great find, rick. i swear you are working for the cia (twins division)...

it'll be interesting to see the trend of property values. everyone wants to be close to the park, but no one wants to set the standard for the industry price.

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 8:28 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 9

I think that restaurant will do pretty well once the ballpark opens, as obviously it is the ideal location. Unfortunately until then someone is going to have to support an $8000 lease every month in an off the beaten path location bordered by a construction zone (hey, not all of us can see the beauty of end result before construction is complete) "The Bullpen" as it is apparently called was once a nightclub owned by some guy who went away for drug charges, and up until a couple weeks ago was Fatso's. It was supposed to be the city's "best burgers" so I went there to get a burger and watch NCAA basketball and found out this burger joint/bar had no televisions. Needless to say it didn't last very long. If someone can support it until 2010 I'm sure it will become a very profitable establishment!

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 9:00 PM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 10

Anyone have thoughts on the potential of the Pohlad's making turning the street level of the Ford Center into a restaurant/bar? Granted there isn't much traffic over there and probably won't be unless there is a home game.

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 08:46 AM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 11

A great spot for a sportsbar would be in the Minnikada Storage building street level. There is room along 3rd Ave for an outdoor patio, and the 5th street side has large garage doors, that could be opened during gamedays to make it an open air restaurant, similar to Billy's on Grand in the summertime when they open those big glass doors. Plus I think that's kind of a pretty old building.

Rick, please post your pics of your site tour soon! If I can speak for the other ballpark geeks on this site, we are all jealous!

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 09:41 AM by Jon Highlight this comment 12

Rick, did you see the sign near homeplate that you can currently see from the webcam. It's red and says 2010 on it, but I can't tell what else it says. Anyone have a clue?

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 1:04 PM by ML Highlight this comment 13

ML, It appears to my eyes to say "2010 HOME PLATE".

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 4:02 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 14


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