Don't Turn Out the Lights When You Leave
October 6, 2009 2:03 AM
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.
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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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This guy at the Puckett atrium chef stand caught me taking the picture and said I should stop back later because he was "just getting started." I still don't know what he meant.
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
Infield dirt used as accents
Lots of self-portraits were taken here after the final out.
Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).
Yes, TC is smiling.
Would you have spotted that Twin? When you were five years old?
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:
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
The entrances are all the way around on the other side.
LRT at the ballpark
Gate 29 "Carew" is at right.
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
This is the last hope for so-called knot-hole views. I'm skeptical.
The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.
It looks like the Target-themed signage has spilled out to the surrounding area (this was taken from the entryway to the B ramp from Third -- the 394 entrance ramp tunnel)
Stairs and escalator down to the platform
I have no idea what this is or does, but as gear goes, it's totally boss, man. (Attached to a railing just off of the Trap)
Even today, throw a fastball to that guy at your own risk.
We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.
What can you see from up there? Some say not much.
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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First Edition (1992)
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Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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(2000, large coffee table)
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Revised edition (2006, round)
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Book and six ballpark miniatures