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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Here's the view as you step to the front of the outer moat beyond first base.
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
Oh, a flag pole will be so much more...dignified
The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.
Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)
This is the view from where the plaza will connect to the walkway on the west side of Target Center. This presumably aids traffic flow back to the A ramp, and perhaps to the skyway connection (though the doors to the skyway right there are typically exit only).
Overview of the storage tracks.
Love the lighted, translucent panel
Also warming things up are these planters.
Complicated pedestrian crossing
The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.
This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?
Marquette looking south
Photo by Jared Wieseler
Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)
I finally found the corner of TF dedicated to the Senators. What a wonderful sight.
The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.
This is also the promenade, where the first indications of the final texture of the walkway can be seen. This layer of concrete is going on top of gravel (as has been done over on the plaza).
Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.
A look at Gate 34.
This shows the area where the Northstar platform connects with the ballpark (that translucent oval). Above that is the area which will house the Twins operations offices.
I was surprised at how close those upper deck seats seem. From the plaza, you feel like you can reach out and touch them. It really adds to the impression of overall compactness.
Touring the Rapid Park site (L-R: Commissioners Wade, Vekich, Sykora, Cramer, and tour guide Chuck Ballentine, source: RP)
Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)
Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.