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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A spot that's always full!
Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).
Looking down what was Third Avenue, and will be a freeway entrance ramp beneath the outfield stands.
Wow! Looking good.
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction
Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.
Did you know that the out-of-town scoreboard is covered by a black chain 1ink fence?
Now we know what the English phone booths were for...
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This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
The view from the corner of Ford Centre. (Feel free to tie up your boats here.)
I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.
I will take a picture of just about anything.
If you want, you can ask those folks how the game is going -- and even get a little bit of info from the big screen (Grandstand)
Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.
Here's the view as you step to the front of the outer moat beyond first base.
Because of the scale, it's sometimes hard to realize that there are actual guys down there doing the tough work! Here they are getting ready to pour a footing.
Yes, TC is smiling.
The Fun Zone/Rescue Area in Oakland during the second inning
Loading dock -- already in use!
Section 125, Row 1
Three weeks ago this was a patch of scruffy trees. Now it's a patio. In case you were wondering, that's where I've been...
Limestone will cover this pretty soon, but for now you can see where the escalator is.
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)
The rules were clearly posted next to this new entry point on the Seventh Street side. I have no problem with the rules!
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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