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The Pro Shop.
Final Metrodome baseball sight
The canopy as viewed through the outfield stands. The lighting approach, despite what you may have heard, is actually very traditional.
What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.
Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
The Carew lounge was all ready for some corporate event.
These two sections are within a few feet of one another.
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.
Press box, hallway to the print room
Skinny dugouts at TF
At left, across the tracks by that pile of dirt is where the Northstar commuter train platform will be built, and where Twins fans will apparently NOT be able to get a train after night games. (For reference, that's the Fifth Street bridge, with the ballpark site just beyond it. The east corner of Ford Centre is just visible at the right edge of the picture.)
Storage tracks in the foreground.
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).
The Ballpark Wall! (really stunning)
Clyde Doepner's Met Stadium Memorabilia (Source: LP)
Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?
The former Ford manufacturing plant (now Ford Centre).
Knothole non-view #1
I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.
(Click to enlarge.)
Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.
This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!
The Fun Zone/Rescue Area in Oakland during the second inning
Inexplicable bright yellow baseball amid the trees.
Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)
One more time from the third base side.
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Gate 29 "Carew" is 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...
I never think of Ron Jackson at all.
The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."
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