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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Plaza extension reaches toward First Avenue
Scoreboard installation in progress
Looking toward the Farmer's Market site from the balcony of the 573 Club at TF
Here's a quick look into the layout of the Metropolitan Club.
I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?
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.
That's Jacque Jones looking up in awe at the Great Greenness.
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
The saddest event
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).
The media all turned out!
Eleven flag poles
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No admittance -- yet! Note that you can see the seating bolts which are in place already.
This is the upper deck in Anaheim
The suite mock-up
This is the actual entrance for Gate 6. Notice how close the seating will be. The back row of the lower deck will be mere inches beyond that inner support post.
This is one complicated streetscape.
I had to hold the camera as far over my head as I could to get this shot, in which the infield is finally visible. It's a spot made for your average Timberwolves player.
Work has begun on the plaza, and the activity has started to impact I-394 traffic.
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).
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue