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From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.
A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...
Complicated pedestrian crossing
A seating bowl comes into focus. Note that the netting has been installed on the foul pole. (Field Box)
Beams connecting the plaza to the Target Center walkway
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
Hit gap, win suit!
A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.
The sculpture on which millions of kids will one day pose.
We bumped into Jerry Bell (at right)!
Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...
This is NOT Twins Territory anymore
Despite what those signs say, every one of these places was selling either snacks or Yankee memorabilia out of its front door. Do you suppose anything like this will spring up anywhere near the new Twins ballpark?
The right field overhang as seen from Seventh Street (with dude)
The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)
Roll-up metal doors visible at right.
Walkway sneak peek
I could gaze at this streetscape all day. It isn't perfect, but as a model for Minneapolis, I love it. (Except the Biff, of course. Click to enlarge.)
Earl Santee, principle architect for HOK Sport, presents some concepts while Mike Opat listens
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).
Upper deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
(Click to enlarge)
The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
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:
End of the line.
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
A recent view of the Bud deck in progress
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