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Construction Update

November 20, 2007 2:59 AM

It's been a bit hard to find time to sort through the hundreds of construction photos I've taken so far (998 and counting). This is going to make a great book one day. (Seriously. Publisher inquiries welcome.)

Here's a sampling from a beautifully sunny -- and very cold -- afternoon last week.

Panorama

Click to enlarge.


Plaza Work

Work has begun on the plaza, and the activity has started to impact I-394 traffic.


Start of something

The east wall of the building looks like it will be the first part completed. These are probably supports for the plaza, and they hug the very edge of the site.


Another view of the start

The same section seen from Target Center. Yep, looks like bridge supports.


Another angle

This is an angle I have not used very much, from the top of the Fifth Street ramp. Because the wall is so tall (forget about watching a game from here for free -- OK, maybe with a step stool) I have to hold the camera up over my head and just snap, hoping I get something good. Here I did. This view then looks to the southwest.


Cement

Because of the scale, it's sometimes hard to realize that there are actual guys down there doing the tough work! Here they are getting ready to pour a footing.


A foundation?

This is a little section of what looks like a finished foundation. It will be approximately below the Pro Shop (I think).


Let's admit that this is the phase where many of the shots start to look alike -- dirt and cement. Something recognizable should begin to emerge from this glorious mess over the next few months. I'll be there to document it as it does.

ON a side note, be sure to pick up a copy of the Downtown Journal this week. There's a two-page spread inside with some annotated frame captures from the video.

Baseball Cranes

Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.


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Thanks Rick this is just what I was talking about. thank you...thank you

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 08:28 AM by pf 386 Highlight this comment 1

How do we go about contacting you directly. I'm interested in contributing graphic design/ production/ page layout in regard to your intrest in publishing.

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 08:55 AM by dain Highlight this comment 2

Rick (or anyone for that matter) - Where did you park to get the street level shots from the Target Center side of things? The 5th street ramp? Or did you just park on a local street and hoof it over there? Basically, want to know what you think the best plan of attack is if one wants to go and take a look around on foot?

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 3:08 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 3

Betaband,

Parking at the municipal ramps is pretty cheap ($1 for the first half hour). Sometimes I park in a ramp, sometimes at a meter along the Sixth or Seventh Street sides of Target Center. Either way, I usually plan to spend about a half hour walking around to get various views.

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 3:14 PM by Rick 4

Good question Betaband! I was about to ask the same thing because I had no clue what the best plan of attack was to check out the site.

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 6:53 PM by Luke Highlight this comment 5

Thanks for the info Rick.

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 6:57 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 6

Looks like they are making great progress. Every time I see the webcam at night it appears that they continue working.

Can't wait to see the site in person when I go back to Minneapolis for Christmas.

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 8:59 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 7

FYI...DSP made his monthly update to his new ballpark blog. It basically outlines the sales and marketing of the premium seating. Click the link if you are interested.

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 10:36 PM by Luke Highlight this comment 8

I work downtown and often walk down there at lunch. You can get a good view of the construction from the skyway behind Target Center, but the best view is probably from the furthest Elevator lobby in the parking ramp along 7th Street.

Posted on November 21, 2007 at 09:28 AM by Jon Highlight this comment 9

Looks like the Twins should take down those #48 banners and Torii Hunter highlights from the ballpark video...Torii just signed with the LA Angels. Too bad.

Hopefully this organization doesn't lose Santana too and run this thing into the ground before we ever get into the stadium.

(I'm not one to wish ill-will on anyone, so I don't wish harm...I just wish Pohlad would pass this thing on to someone who cares. It all could be so special, but with him at the helm, even with all his money, I just don't see it)

Posted on November 22, 2007 at 01:39 AM by Darn Highlight this comment 10

wtf?

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM by bulldog Highlight this comment 11

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The french fry lights were on!






Ticket booths.



Gate 3 ticket window






That is pretty close... (Grandstand)
























This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.



The scoreboard terminates the view on Fifth Street as seen from Hennepin












The moat walkway viewed from across the park.









Handshakes all around (there's gonna be a lot of that over the next few weeks)



Visual depiction of current stadium legislation



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Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune






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Friendly faces greet you right inside the door of the Legends Club.



The brick has been tinted where the circulation ramp meets the admin building.



This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.









One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:






First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.



Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid



The limestone theme is apparently carried to the area behind home plate. This will look great -- and distinctive -- on TV. But watch out for those foul balls!



They could not help the Twins on this night.



Flagpole historian Ben McEvers at far right (click for the full photo set, graciously loaned to this site by Pat Backen)















That's Noah and my brother, Chris, checking out the Loge Box amenities



One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:



Here's an idea of what these Loge Boxes are all about. That guy is a waiter with no fans to serve. They seemed to have one server for about every four boxes.



Just lighted panels... *sigh*



Notice the temporary railing extensions


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