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Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.
Target Plaza looking toward the grandstand
In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.
Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.
Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.
This is where chain link is being replaced with fencing which matches the plaza
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.
More flowers, more pennants.
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.
The glass area seen here is one of the warm-up areas.
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)
Main concourse, looking toward the admin building.
An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)
Very interesting detail starting to appear here.
From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.
I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)
Click to enlarge.
Wind veil framing
This looks south and shows how the Northstar tracks are sheltered by the promenade above. This is the side which faces the HERC plant.
OK, people are definitely riding their bikes to games! (Photo by Tim Davis, courtesy MBA)
The overhang as seen through the unnumbered gate
Here is a close-up of those funny little islands of seats (HRP View).
Clyde Doepner's Met Stadium Memorabilia (Source: LP)
Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.
The Metrodome hot dog vendor. (Source: RP)
Wind veil framing (from the inside)
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.
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures