It's an October night game, rain delay. The clouds are hanging quite low, and the ballpark is an oasis of light in the city. Wonder what that might look like?
That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation
This terrible picture shows the netting in place through a knothole on Fifth
My crappy camera doesn't do the colors justice. The champagne lighting underneath the canopy is much less glaring -- actually quite subtle.
A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon
The clouds also contributed to contrast issues, making it hard to get a properly exposed image from a distance -- not that my camera could do it anyway. Life just hasn't been the same since my beloved C-2100UZ went belly-up... Can anybody recommend a good DSLR? I'm going to need one before April 12.
I waited until about an hour after the end of the Vikings-Packers game before heading out to shoot tonight. That was enough to let the traffic die down, but the warehouse district was hopping with post-game festivities.
Tons of limos were parked around Target Center, along with a bunch of buses. When I encountered a chatty guy working in the skyway (literally polishing the metal strip in the floor separating two skyway segments) I had to ask what was going on in the arena.
"Oh, those are all for the Seville."
Wow. I had no idea. I hope Wanda had a good night.
Cruising down Second Avenue, there were places lit up here and there -- all in the adult entertainment industry. That has the potential to create some pretty awkward moments between parents and children next summer.
"We Are the World"
But along the way during my walk, I saw quite a few odd couples with one member in purple, and the other in green and gold. They all seemed to be getting along so well. Did they know there was a game tonight? Did they know the outcome? I did not want to risk disrupting the harmony by initiating conversation.
It did occur to me...
...that weather might have played a factor over the past weekend and in tomorrow night's game (84% chance of showers predicted) if it were outdoors. I hope that doesn't bother anybody. (Doesn't bother me.)
But you certainly have to wonder how the playoff schedule might have been affected had the AL Central tiebreaker needed to be postponed because of weather. That's not unique to Minnesota, of course (remember Philadelphia), but with the postseason already scheduled a few days into November -- and tightly scheduled at that -- another delay could have been quite disruptive.
At the very least, off-days and travel days would have to go, further degrading the level of postseason play. That's a sore subject with me, so I should probably stop talking about it now before I get too riled up.
For now we can genuinely be thankful for the Dome. Gee, imagine that.
"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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Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.
Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)
Concrete molds are being removed!
Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?
The Northstar circulation building is starting to take shape.
There are no caddies in baseball.
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
Notice that the wooden-backed club seats are now covered by a green tarp for protection from the elements.
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.
I took this because of the view reflected in the store windows. (The store is cool too.)
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)
Here's a closer look.
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
Town Ball Tavern balcony
For reference, here's that spot on the model.
Looking through the transit hub
Limestone will cover this pretty soon, but for now you can see where the escalator is.
A seating bowl comes into focus. Note that the netting has been installed on the foul pole. (Field Box)
It's a great view of the action, though standing here is somewhat discouraged.
Looking up Seventh Street to the west
The visitor's clubhouse at Target Field. (Photo by Javen Swanson)
Stairs and escalator down to the platform
Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!
The steel cage expands.
Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?
The entrances are all the way around on the other side.