A Fair Discovery
August 23, 2007 11:21 PM
Your humble Ballpark Geek found his way into the Twins booth at the State Fair tonight and got quite a surprise. I just wanted to watch a couple of at-bats, and did. But then I noticed that the wall behind the flat panel TV was covered with gigantic ballpark renderings that I had never seen!
Unfortunately, all I had was my crummy cell phone camera, and it was starting to get dark. But here's what I got:
This offers the best view of a newer version of the outfield stands. It looks like the second deck has been extended all the way across until it hovers over the bullpen.
From the plaza, you can get a better look at the outfield seats.
From above, you can see that there still is a building out in center, though the new upper deck has pushed it farther away.
I asked the guy at the booth how old these were, and he said this was the first time he'd seen them, but he thought they were very recent.
It looks like the center field bleachers may have changed shape since these were done, and who knows what else. If you get out to the fair, take a closer look and let me know what other changed details you notice.
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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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The Northstar stop has a name.
Puckett atrium chef stand menu
Detail at Gate 6
The first pitch.
This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
With the engine behind us, we got a real sense of how fast we were going by looking out the front (back) window
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
A desolate Marquette Ave
Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?
A very unique space
I will take a picture of just about anything.
Air conditioning condensation on the floor.
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.
I would put on this face.
The suite mock-up
Handshakes all around (there's gonna be a lot of that over the next few weeks)
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
Ye Olde Tyme Vegetable Cart (and its modern cousin)
Don Swanson, left, in-coming commander of the Richfield American Legion, and Joe Kennedy, right, out-going commander, are pictured with the Legion's new flag pole, which once stood at old Metropolitan Stadium. (Click to enlarge.)
This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?
Millers fans leaving Nicollet Park after a game in 1923, where a trolley was waiting. (Click to enlarge.)
Tony Oliva, R. T. Rybak and Mike Opat
Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).
Met Stadium seat colors (click for the complete image)
Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.
Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.
First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.
Justin Morneau, mobbed after a game-winning homer on June 9
A mini-freeway! (Police action in progress...)
The Puckett Atrium
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)
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
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