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An Era That Won't End

(At least not til Tuesday)

October 5, 2009 2:42 AM

"Forever, and forever, farewell, Metrodome! If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then this parting was well made." (Apologies to Bill S.)

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Kirby Jr. set to take down the last number

Eras are weird, right? I mean, how do you know when an era has really begun or truly ended? How do you know when you're in the middle of an era? Just what defines an "era" anyway?

I think there's a beginning, a middle, and an end. But in most cases you don't know that you're in any of those phases until you can look back, sigh and say, "That was a great era."

(There are exceptions, of course. To wit, facilities opening and closing.)

Today was supposed to be the end of an era. We got all misty-eyed (and misty-footed, more on that later) to the slow motion video clips on the incredibly tiny and distant Jumbo-ish-tron.

The field was loaded down with a Who's-Who collection of former and current Twins waving, bumping fists with one another, giving bear hugs, tipping their caps and acting like something was Happening. We even came away with commemorative certificates, for goodness sake.

But the era just refuses to end. It lives on, gloriously, for at least one more day. And now, when it does finally end, it will be without the benefit of a pre-planned ceremony. That seems fitting too.

Here's hoping it ends with a much more spontaneous pouring of champagne.

"How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?"

The Vikings aren't sitting around waiting for eras to end. It actually sort of seems like they see the Twins as a nuisance right now.

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Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.

They wasted no time in selling naming rights to the field and gates. They hung a bunch of banners, and stripped all sorts of Twins branding at the very first opportunity.

Everywhere I wandered today (and I did wander when the claustrophobia of my seat grew unbearable) you could see just how temporary everything has been. They've successfully disguised it for the better part of three decades, so it never occurred to me before today that every conversion of the field also requires a conversion of all the souvenir stands.

In other words, teams got to move into the place, but they never got to unpack their boxes. They have been forever shuffling their belongings out when one of their roommates needed the place to himself for a while.

Now, two of the roommates are gone, and the last one standing gets to put up whatever posters he wants (maybe even a stolen "Dead End" sign). And he is wasting no time. I even caught this sight on my way out:

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That's a cart of Vikings banners awaiting installation as soon as the pesky Twins fans get the hell out.

In one sense it's just the official acknowledgment of something we've known for 28 years: the place was built for the Vikings. Everyone else has been an interloper of sorts. Revenue-generating interlopers, to be sure. But now there's no pretending anymore.

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Uh oh. Schizophrenia.

As my train pulled up today, I have to admit that the Dome looked markedly improved with the addition of gigantic banners. I realized that part of its image problem all along has been the vast expanses of cement facade which gave no sign of who lived there.

Remember when they painted those outside supports red? It really did improve the look, but it missed the heart of the problem. Despite its function as a professional sports facility, it has always looked completely like a municipal building -- like maybe the place where they store the snow plows in the summer.

That became obvious with the addition this week of gigantic images of players. Suddenly it looks like a sports venue! It looks like a place where people can go to have fun and watch their favorite team. Imagine that!

Put up some big pictures of players and suddenly the place looks, well, way more exciting.

"I Don't Get Misty Over You"

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Click to enlarge greatly. See yourself?

Love the playoff atmosphere. Hate being crammed into the middle of one of those interminably long rows in a puddle of someone else's beverage, and without one of my own.

The Dome just keeps on giving.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm ecstatic that I was there. But playoff games at the Dome have always come with a price, and not always in dollars, I might add.

I looked in vain for a soft drink guy or a hot dog guy. I was hungry and thirsty and had money in my pocket. After five innings I couldn't wait any longer, so I made my way past a dozen kind folks and hit the concourse. (Is this what every Vikings game is like? Seriously, I don't know. I've never been to one.)

After securing a pizza slice and a spot at one of the drink rails, I watched the game on a monitor for a while (including most of that regrettable 6th inning; when I returned, my mom pointed to her scorecard and said, "You are NOT allowed to leave again."), and then decided to make one more swing around the lower concourse.

There were tons of folks, but I didn't have to wait in any long lines (a rarity). The atmosphere was truly electric, in a good way.

The sites were all so familiar, and I realized I might not enter the building ever again, but I felt not a single twinge of sadness. Contrary to what I said the other day, I think I've been able to separate the "what happened" from the "where it happened."

"Hush, hush. Keep it down now. Voices carry."

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As I watched the clips and thought about all the familiar players who stepped out onto the field during the post-game ceremony, I realized that I've loved a lot of these teams, even some of the not-so-successful ones, while simultaneously disdaining the place where they played.

It was not Brad Radke's fault that he had to pitch so many games in such a lousy facility. But the Where does not diminish the What. In Radke's case specifically, we have to recognize a different type of era: The Lean Years, the Rebirth, the Tom Kelly Late Years, the Gardenhire Era.

They all overlap: the Kirby Puckett Era, the Kent Hrbek Era (which began out at the Met), the Terry Ryan Era, the Griffith Era, the Pohlad Era.

The Metrodome Era? Sure, OK. Facilities opening and closing make a pretty simple way to define an era, even if the people-related ones are more satisfying. (The Target Field Era? Let's get on with it!)

Seems we're always living the beginning, middle, and end of countless, arbitrary slices of time. Isn't this what people mean when they say that the game goes on?

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One more time from the third base side.

And go on it will Tuesday night. It's an amazing turn of events. Once again, 162 games is just not enough. We need more. We crave more. GIVE US MORE!

Give us the Dome one more time! We can handle it. Let's send it out with the song of victory, or at least one helluva run at it.

Then, when the Metrodome does finally go into that dark night, quietly or otherwise (it grabbed a popup from Orlando Cabrera today, perhaps signaling its unwillingness to go without a few parting shots), we will be ready to give it the heartiest thanks we can muster. To paraphrase another famous poet, J. Peterman:

"Kudos, Metrodome, on a job... done."

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Just a reminder: The lights at TF go on tomorrow morning!

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Does anybody have a picture of the new Homer Hankies? Can't find it anywhere online. Thanks

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 05:25 AM by James Highlight this comment 1

The homer hankies they gave out yesterday were old. I got one from '04, and my wife got one from '04.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 06:49 AM by Captain Obvious Highlight this comment 2

I got one from 2006 Captain. I wonder if they re-screenprinted homer hankies from those years? If they had saved them someplace, that 2006 one of mine would have been slightly yellow I would imagine. It looked like brand-new.

I'm still bummed that I lost my ticket stub, dammit. I'll have to scout eBay today I guess. Unless someone wants to give one up...who knows.

And I thought TF lights were supposed to be on this AM, like at 5? Did we get to the bottom of the Christmas light show over there last night?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 06:59 AM by luke Highlight this comment 3

the Christmas lights last night were the scoreboard being burned in

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 07:30 AM by Eric Highlight this comment 4

Canopy lights are on!!!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 08:06 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 5

They were giving out all the different years of homer hankies at different gates. We came in and got the '04 ones. My gf wanted a different one, stopped at the next entrance said she didnt get one and they gave her one of the '06 hankies. Then we found two others when we were walking through the seats well after the ceremonies after the game. I cant remember which years those were from but they were different than our first 3.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 08:27 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 6

They seemed to be clearing out the Homer Hanky warehouse. Two that I got have "Championship Drive" across the top and the "Twins Territory" logo in the middle - copyright dates ending with 2008. My guess is that these are the ones that would have been sold/handed out last year had the Twins won #163. A lot of people around me had 2006 editions as well.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 08:33 AM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 7

I have a question for all you attendance experts: what, exactly, constitutes a sellout? The Twins were calling yesterday's game a sellout for at least a week yet there were long stretches of unused seats in many areas and the announced crowd was (only) a bit over 51,000. Also, when I arrived at the game the ticket windows were open and tickets were being sold. Were I come from an event is not sold out if tickets are still available. What am I missing here?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 09:00 AM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 8

"Where", not "were" I come from.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 09:02 AM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 9

Jared's gf is a liar.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 09:07 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 10

Well isn't that special? You're just trying so hard aren't you? Let's hang that one on the fridge. Keep trying. Troll.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 09:47 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 11

Awesome post - awesome game yesterday!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 09:57 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 12

so who is going to the game tomorrow? i'll be in the hr porch.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 09:57 AM by annoyingcustomer Highlight this comment 13

Section 100, Row 4.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:01 AM by Captain Obvious Highlight this comment 14

I'll be going to the game tomorrow, section 238 I believe. A couple Quick questions for those who know the cities better than I do. I want to make a trip to TF before the game. I'll be coming into minneapolis/metrodome area on COURTHOUSE BLVD/MN-55 W, so what would be the best way for me to get to TF? Also, are there any surface lots/free parking in the TF area that I could park in? Thanks in advance for any info.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:03 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 15

Sorry for the double post, but for those that have been to TF, is it relatively easy to walk around TF and get pictures?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:05 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 16

Rick,
You mentioned in the last post that you would be willing to put the ceromoney up on YouTube if ther is demand... Well I would appreciate it since I was on the road to Milwaukee(boo)during the postgame stuff. Thanks.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:06 AM by Andrew Highlight this comment 17

It's OK, Jared. Some guys just don't get lucky enough to end up with girls with high moral standards. And when the cash is missing from your wallet, you find your best friend sleeping in your bed smelling like her perfume and you've got pube cooties, and she's shrugging her shoulders, just remember, "Oh, yeah. That time at the Metrodome.. it's all coming together now."

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:05 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 18

A sellout is when there are no more pairs available for sale, not counting any SRO tickets. The Twins had 51K+ seats sold and 55K total tickets distributed. The extra 4K seats were complementary, so they don't count as part of official attendance.

If anyone bought a ticket, but didn't show up, that is counted in the attendance figures. So official attendance = paid tickets sold.

All teams also keep actual "through the gate" figures, but don't typically release them.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:18 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 19

Pretty informative on the experience you had there Truth. Sounds like you took it pretty hard and are holding a grudge. Pissing on other people's parades wont make it better for you. I suggest letting her go, the stress and anxiety will kill you if you don't.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:30 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 20

Now, this is getting fun again! Thanks Jared and Truth! :-)

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM by Locker Highlight this comment 21

"If anyone bought a ticket, but didn't show up, that is counted in the attendance figures."

There were many, many four to eight plus stretches of open seats - do you suppose those were held by scalpers and "eaten"?

Thanks for the info.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:51 AM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 22

i'll be in section 239, where is everyone else sitting?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:54 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 23

We'll be in Section 134 row 6 tomorrow. It is gonna be crazy!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:57 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 24

Anytime Locker. Truth wants to smack talk. I can too. Sorry to Rick for cluttering the page with the non-Twins nonsense. And I am sorry that Truth caught the "pube cooties". But I will take his advice and prepare for that moment in time, should it happen to me.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 25

Can anyone explain the technical reason why the canopy lights are turned on for about 100 hours for "burn in"? Were the lights already aligned when they were installed, or does that happen this week or at a later time?

Those webcam shots from last night were pretty cool. We were driving on 94 heading south/east to get to 394 west last night and saw the flashing colors. Pretty spectacular!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 26

From the press release:

"Crews test the lights for 100 hours because the metal halide lamps are very bright when first turned on and flatten out to their normal state after 100 hours of operation. Then, proper lighting levels are calculated off the normal illumination. Additionally, when first illuminated, the color of each individual lamp differs slightly. The lamp color evens out after the burn time so the lighting color is consistent."

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM by Rick 27

Additional facts from the press release:

Fast facts:
- The light fixtures at Target Field were installed by Twin Cities-based Gephart Electric Company

- There are 746 sports lighting fixtures aimed at the field

- Each fixture is aimed at a specific x/y coordinate on the field to achieve necessary lighting levels

- Each fixture is equipped with a sighting device (similar to rifle sights) to aim the fixture

- The fixtures are specifically designed to minimize glare and light spill into surrounding areas

- Final aiming of the fixtures takes one week

- The roof canopy lights stand 144 feet above the field

- The scoreboard lights stand 192 feet above the field

- Nearly 130,000 feet – over 24 miles – of wire was used to route power to the lights

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM by Rick 28

You know for a fact that MNF will be getting some shots of TF tonight. Finally, America will know that the Twins are getting a new stadium.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 29

trosy, be prepared for a bad neck after sitting in those seats on Tuesday. The game is worth it though, no matter what seat you will be in!

Nothing against you, but those seats are some of my most-hated seats at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome. I wouldn't mind those same seats for tonight's football game though.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:07 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 30

well put, rick. fabulous post as usual.

i think i saw the budweiser party deck at tf in a budweiser commercial over the wknd.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 31

Yeah, I knew that they would be neck breakers. They were pretty damn cheap for STH's. 2 tickets for $66 bucks. At least they are 6 rows up. I enjoy being close as possible to the playing field. I wanted Section 133 or 117 but the damn "Ticket Waiting Room" F'ed me. It kept saying that they were no seats available, and then went and finally went through the whole login process again and these were the best I could get.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 32

Yes, you are indeed the Smack Master, Jared. Put down those claws! I don't know what's sharper, your written wit or Rosangel Cabrera's fingernails.

I concede, and I'll wipe my tears on my honestly obtained worthless 2004 Homer Hanky.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 33

I was in the online virtual waiting room for about 90 minutes, while also phoning in and getting a constant busy signal, from the moment the game ended until finally getting an order screen for Tuesday's game. Had the wait lasted a few minutes longer, I'd have thrown in the towel, but just at the moment of losing all hope, the order screen magically appeared. Section 220, not bad at all considering the wait. I'm very much looking forward to Tuesday. Hopefully the magic will continue.

I looked in vain for a soft drink guy or a hot dog guy. I was hungry and thirsty and had money in my pocket. After five innings I couldn't wait any longer, so I made my way past a dozen kind folks and hit the concourse. (Is this what every Vikings game is like? Seriously, I don't know. I've never been to one.)

I attended Saturday's game and had the same frustration of vendors rarely appearing in our section. I can attest to the fact that the number of roving vendors at Vikings games vastly exceeds what we dealt with over the weekend. The blame rests both with Centerplate for not putting enough vendors on duty and the Twins for not leaning on them to make sure they did. Saturday could be slightly excused by some of the regular vendors working the Gopher game and then being unable to pull double duty. Not having enough on Sunday was inexcusable. They've known all along that the game would sell out. At least it sounds like the lines in the concourse were short due to people remaining seated to watch the game. Usually the lines have interminable when the crowd has gone above 30,000.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:28 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 34

i was there friday, sunday and will cap it off on tuesday.... oh and tailgated and it was a blast the first time i have done that at the dome...

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:34 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 35

Ouch! That sarcasm hurts. My claws may not be sharp but you can't help but notice. No one cares that your honest.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:37 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 36

Thanks Rick, that was exactly the information I was looking for!!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:59 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 37

Thanks Rick, that was exactly the information I was looking for!!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 38

Thanks Rick, that was exactly the information I was looking for!!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 39

sorry for the double posting... it didn't look like it "took" the first time I hit the "post" button....

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:01 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 40

Personally I was disappointed at the number of people that left for and during the Post Game ceremony. Most left before it started, and that really surprised me. It was fun to see few people leaving before the game actually ended, though.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 41

Jorge said:

"At least it sounds like the lines in the concourse were short due to people remaining seated to watch the game."

This was my perception too. People seemed really into the game. There was not a lot of blue to be seen in the seating bowl at any point. That's a beautiful thing.

But of course it made me wonder about concession revenue. How much money went home in fans' pockets because the game was the focus (irony there) and there weren't enough in-seat vendors to capture it all?

And the bigger question: How much revenue has been left in pockets over the past 28 years? Has Calvin Griffith's bad deal-making been a bigger factor on our payroll size all these years than any Pohlad penny-pinching?

It's difficult to fully imagine the changes about to happen with the move across town. Not only will the Twins actually get to keep the concession revenue, but the fans will be actually able to spend more due to the reconfiguration. You'll be able to come and go from your seat much more easily, not miss as much of the game when you do, and probably not have to go as far to find what you want (I'm still a little unclear on just how many "Senior Smoke" stands there will be).

Personally, I came home with $20 in my pocket yesterday that I thought I would spend but did not. That was entirely due to being in the middle of a row, unable/unwilling to come and go more than once because of the sizable disruption it creates, and unable to find anything from my seat to spend my money on (other than over-priced beer, which seemed to be plentiful but did not interest me in the least).

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:13 PM by Rick 42

Is Blackburn going to pitch Game 1 of the ALDS?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:13 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 43

Cabrera must be a tad frustrated with the way the season is ending - see link.

Great post Rick - especially liked your final picture. You couldn't have captured the moment any better if you had planned it. Maybe you DID plan it, in which case I hereby declare you King if Digital Photography, Lord of Shutter Speed, Defender of the f-stop.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:17 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 44

On the subject of Homer Hankies, that was strictly an "everything must go" kind of gesture. Who wants to move dozens of boxes of old Home Hankies when you can give them away to fans who will appreciate and use them at a big game? Good decision. Nice gesture. Solved a problem.

(I got 2004. My parents each got 2006.)

But I'm out of shape because I couldn't quite manage my scorecard, camera AND Homer Hanky. The latter quickly found its way into my back pocket...

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:27 PM by Rick 45

JCTwins,

They said on the radio that many of those people who left before the game ended were getting in line at the ticket window to buy for tomorrow's game.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:28 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 46

Kevin,

Confirmed. There were 50-foot lines behind each window at the booths outside of Gate F.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 47

I would have done the scorecard and camera thing, except the game was so big, and turns out it's not the last one, so I just decided to go as a fan and not let the day become work.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 48

It seemed like a lot of the folks leaving before/during the ceremony were families. That's pretty understandable that they would leave. It was already a very long game. Also, lines were around the dome to get in at 11. I'm sure there were plenty of people who had been there six or more hours who wanted to make sure they wouldn't have to sit in GA on Tuesday.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:08 PM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 49

Anyone know what became of the potential plans for the Twins to hold batting practice at TF a couple weeks ago, and whether they have considered practicing there today (since the Dome is unavailable)?

FWIW they installed bases on the infield today. Not sure why they did it now, rather than wait until next spring, seeing as it's a ten-second installation assuming the attachments are already installed underground ...

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:21 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 50

Did anyone else notice that a couple of suits were swapping out the bases every other inning or so?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:28 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 51

There's a press conference scheduled for later today about the lighting, and Monday Night Football is in town. So I'm sure they want the place to look real pretty...

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:30 PM by Rick 52

My guess is that they installed the bases at TF yesterday for the brief coverage on FSN post game telecast and for the MNF flyovers tonight.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 53

my guess on the placement of the bases today is that they are for presentation on MNF tonight, and will probably be taken out before the snow flies.

on another note, it appears there are lights at the top of the upper deck railing, and they reflect off the underside of the canopy (see Webcam 2 at 2:30). Pretty sharp!!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:33 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 54

any possibility of posting whatever MNF flyover shots and commentary there will be, tomorrow or the next few days?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:36 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 55

Why is there some gaps in the lights? I hope they show TF on MNF. What time is the news conference?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:54 PM by michael Highlight this comment 56

billymayshere,

Your best bet is to take the Fort Snelling exit off Hwy 55 and hop on the Hiawatha LRT from Fort Snelling Station. It'll take you right into the Warehouse district and Target field is only a couple of blocks from the northern terminus. Then you can take the train right back to the Dome after your tour.

Much better than trying to find parking during rush hour.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM by David (aka David) Highlight this comment 57

On my quest to re-claiming the ticket stubs I lost...
I'm hoping a friend of mine from work can score me one.

Well, whereever the hell mine are, they're probably soaking wet now.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 3:48 PM by luke Highlight this comment 58

Thanks David. That sounds like it'll work out really well.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 3:50 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 59

Todays Star Tribune confirmed that the Celebration Sign shaking hands WILL BE animated. I figured all along that they would. Glad they did it right.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 3:55 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 60

JohnF,

Can you please supply a link?

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 61

new construction gallery as of 10/3/09....

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 62

billymayshere,

Allow about a half hour from parking at Fort Snelling to get to the Warehouse District. That should include wait time at the station + actual travel time.

Time from the Warehouse District to the Dome is about 15 minutes, conservatively.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:05 PM by David (aka David) Highlight this comment 63

one random request: will people from outstate minnesota, no dak, so dak, iowa and parts of wisconsin please stop referring to minneapolis/st. paul as "the cities". as in i am heading up to "the cities" this weekend, etc. i know virtually no one who actually grew up in minneapolis and st. paul metro who refer to where they live as "the cities". they either say minneapolis or st. paul. or if they are from a suburb they either clarify the suburb's name or simply say "suburban minneapolis" or "suburban st. paul".

anyways, i have never understood the prevelance of this practice. are some people just too lazy to say either minneapolis or st. paul in reference to the actual city where they will actually be going?

don't know what that annoys me so much? it just does! ;-)

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 64

WCCO did a report on artist Craig David and his art murals at Target Field. Nice little video included. Click my name for the link

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:21 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 65

There is nothing wrong with calling the metro area "The Cities" just as there is nothing wrong with calling everything up north "Up North."

And we wonder why people living in outstate Minnesota refer to us as "Twin Cidiots."

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 66

the taint hurts: actually, there is something wrong with it. i don't live in a place called "the cities". no such place exists. i live in a city called minneapolis. it has been around for over 150 years. just like i don't call brainerd, mn "up north". i call it brainerd, mn.......since.....well......that is the name of the damn city.

i chalk it up to laziness on the part of many.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:46 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 67

I actually agree with The Truth Hurts. I live in St. Paul. When I go to the lake cabin, I say "I am headed up north for the weekend," and when I leave the lake I say "I am headed back to the cities." I don't see anything wrong with that.

Betaband, it could simply be one of your pet peeves. Now, If you said that someone from Iowa states that they are headed "DOWN to the cities for the weekend" I would completely agree with you. As it is UP. South going North is Up and vice versa. That is MT biggest pet peeve.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:46 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 68

MY

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:47 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 69

I actually miss the banter between Truth and Jared. Nice try Beta, but your little peeve will hopefully not distract the Truth too much.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 4:57 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 70

seriously, who cares if people call it "the cities"? I'm sure your one-man crusade will make all the "lazy" people see it your way. I'm pretty sure you're the only one that it's bothering, bb. now let's get back to speculating about the light fixtures and when the bleachers will be installed.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 5:05 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 71

Hey Beta,

Tell me, what's the TC logo stand for on the Twinkies hats? Whoops, does anyone in Minneapolis/St. Paul ever refer to the Twins as the Twinkies? We need to know before we make the long drive from NoDak, SoDak or Iowa to come catch "your" team play. If you're going to b**** about things like this, then maybe you should write a constitution for Twins Territory.

Leave us hicks living outside Hennepin Co. alone.

WIN TWINS!!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 5:08 PM by Nodak "Rube" Highlight this comment 72

I don't think any self respecting twins fan refers to the Twins as the twinkies.

And "the cities" is usually a prelude to where you're actually going. So if you tell someone that "I'm going to the cities for the weekend." they'll ask "where in the cities are you going?" then you finish with a little more detail "Oh I'm going to blah blah blah." Not to mention "the cities" probably comes from "The Twin Cities."

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 5:40 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 73

Trosy, I don't know of a link, I read it in the sports page in this mornings Star Tribune. Jeez Beta, having a bad day or someting? Who gives a flying squirel if someone from outstate refers to the Twin Cities as the "Cites". Would it be better if added the Twins. Good lord.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 6:03 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 74

Are we seriously debating the use of the term "the cities"?

Get a grip, people!

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 75

billymays...I wonder if some Minnesotans maybe use that term in reference to the Twins' old mascot, Twinkie (back from the Met Stadium days). I think I like the TC bear better myself. Birds are over-rated in pro sports. Mostly of course, it has a negative connotation, coined by St. Louis fans in 1987.

Not to steal Rick's thunder, but if some are interested, click my name for my blog entry about my trip to the "Final" game.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 6:32 PM by luke Highlight this comment 76

Luke you're probably right. To be honest, your post is the first I have ever heard of a twins mascot named twinkie as I wasn't alive for the Met stadium days. I have always hated it when I hear a person say twinkies. To me its like when people say minny.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 6:41 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 77

I don't call them Twinkies but I affectionately call them the Twinks all the time. It's a term of endearment to me.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 7:09 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 78

I was wondering if people could list off the years of homer hankies that were given out on Sunday. I went through all of mine and some have become faded and worn and would like to replace some of them with a new, fresher versions if they are giving them out again tomorrow. I did see people mention previously that they were giving out 2004 and 2006. Any others? Thanks for the info.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 7:46 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 79

Enough with the nickname talk already. It has nothing to do with being lazy: the cities, the vikes, the wolves, up north - we just shorten words or phrases. Get over it and it is sometimes better to keep some thoughts to your self.

To get back on track: The webcam right now is a beautiful sight. WOW!

As far as the celebration sign animation: maybe the hands don’t shake but the ripples or waves in the river flash to give the illusion of flowing water?

Now back to the Vikes game.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 8:01 PM by Dust Highlight this comment 80

FYI: The Vikes game is being played right now at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert Horatio Humphrey Metrodome.

I wonder when we will see Target Field on the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network's Monday Night Football broadcast.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 8:20 PM by Dust Highlight this comment 81

Would someone please smack Truth on the side of his head? Please? Could anyone who knows him personally, just give him a good old "Gibbs to Dinozzo," doesn't-see-it-coming, hairdo-messing-up smack?

Thanks.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 9:15 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 82

My hope is that next season John Gordon will open a broadcast with "Twins baseball is on the air, from Target Field in Downtown Minneapolis" instead of the more generic "in the Twin Cities" that he uses for the Metrodome.

Then again, I also wish he and Gladden would give the score more often than every 11 minutes.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 9:16 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 83

Oh, and also, if you have the unfortunate displeasure of knowing the dumbass, the next time you have to see him, please tell him that homer hankies are so common that they are more numerous than pennies in the state of Minnesota, and that there is no such freaking thing as an honestly or dishonestly obtained hanky, and that if you just asked, I'm sure you could get a box of them for free from the Twins organization itself.

Oh, and give him a good smackaroo too.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 84

Hey Dust,
you actually got that acronym wrong. It's Eastern Sports Promotion Network. That's okay though. An understandable mistake.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 85

Eastern Sports Promotion Network...lol. that's funny.

Dont worry Dust, you were in fact correct...lol.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 9:23 PM by luke Highlight this comment 86

I know I was right. I just didn't want to be lazy just say ESPN.

Still not TV shots of TF, I mean Target Field...

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 9:53 PM by Dust Highlight this comment 87

I havent seen any ESPN shots of Target Field either.
The webcams look nice though. I'm really going to like driving by on 94 east tomorrow to work and see it all lit up before the sun comes up.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:30 PM by luke Highlight this comment 88

Just before the beginning of the second half they were panning over downtown, and to the far right you could see the edge of our now lighted canopy, and the scoreboard. No comments however.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:38 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 89

I am quite surprised that they at least didn't do a fly over and say "and here is a shot of Target Field, the new home of the Twins....etc."

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:43 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 90

I don't think they can send up a blimp in this type of weather...

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:47 PM by Rick 91

Shoeless Joe Jackson: What's with the lights?

Ray Kinsella: Oh, all the stadiums have them now. Even Wrigley Field.

Shoeless Joe Jackson: Makes it harder to see the ball.

Ray Kinsella: Yeah, well, the owners found that more people can attend night games.

Shoeless Joe Jackson: [Shakes his head] Owners.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:48 PM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 92

the field looks so beautiful with the lights

and beta i agree, why do people say "the cities" even like people from Lacrosse say that, i grew up in Shoreview, and never say the cities

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:52 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 93

Well Rick, if that is the case, that is just one more thing that is really pissing me off about this weather. It has been horrible for the last 4-5 days. I am actually happy that the Twins are playing under a roof right now. I can't believe I just said that.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:02 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 94

I need a clarification. If you look at the webcams, it appears that they have installed hand rails in the middle of the aisles on the stairs from the right field corner to behind home plate. Is this the correct? If so, I like this. These are great for directing traffic, and also when I bring my father to games who has trouble with steps. When bringing him to the Metrodome for games, I would always get seat as close to the top of the section as possible primarily due to no hand rails.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:12 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 95

Nevermind. Yep, there are rails. Just hope they paint them. Also, anyone on the ground tonight around the stadium? Just wanted to know what the underside of the canopy looks like lit up. Hard to tell from the Webcams.

Sorry for all the questions this evening.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:22 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 96

The lights are incredibly bright, and along with the illuminated Target Field sign on the back of the scoreboard, it's an impressive sight. So pretty.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 11:27 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 97

Definitely a little disappointed that ESPN didn't show our new ballpark during MNF. There was more than one opportunity to show TF during the telecast where they featured the skyline in a fly-over type shot. You could see a little bit of the light coming from the ballpark on the side, but sadly no shot of TF.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 01:25 AM by ace Highlight this comment 98

Looks like they have some new very cool photos on the mba site if you have not seen them already.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 02:05 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 99

I'm sure ESPN wanted to save the "aha moment" of a flyover for when the Red Sox come to open the new baseball park that is supposed to be opening somewhere in the midwest next April.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 02:22 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 100


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A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).



Nine spots for hops bats.



Left field bench seating



Installation in action (Home Plate Box)



(Click to enlarge.)






In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.



Here's the Northstar platform.



I set up my late inning "office" at the drink rail behind section 206



Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.



Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.



Another B ramp glimpse (don't loiter here!)












Memorabilia on display in the Metropolitan Club



You'll be able to park here for a quick stop at the Pro Shop or ticket window.



Boston



The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.



Chef stand and menu in the Carew atrium



The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)



Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.






The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.



Just up the foul line, it looks like the base of the wall in foul territory on the right side.






Crosswalk taking shape.



The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."



Quote wall






Polo Grounds facade, obscured



Center field seating



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?






A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)






The process of building the canopy is really amazing to watch.



One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.



Guthrie Theater (original design colors)



5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.






I saw it at another park...



Flowers and Hall-of-Fame plaques. Very nice.












The Pantheon (with inset of the magic eye)



Just to the right, more ticket machines. These things are everywhere.



The rules were clearly posted next to this new entry point on the Seventh Street side. I have no problem with the rules!





Glossary

BPM - Ballpark Magic

BRT - Bus Rapid Transit

DSP - Dave St. Peter

FSE - Full Season Equivalent

FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)

HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)

HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

TF - Target Field

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