By now you've probably all seen this pricing diagram:
And I hope you've had a chance to play around with the Target Field Stadium View utility. Fair warning: You should allow lots of time for that one. It's a real trip bouncing around the ballpark checking out the views. Once you get started, it's hard to stop.
I count 27 pricing levels in all. That's 22 color-coded sections, plus premium prices for front row seats in five of the levels. Not counting the four sections for millionaires, the season ticket prices range from $10 to $69. That projects to $12 to $75 for single-game tickets. Not bad.
But with so many different prices, it gets a little bit overwhelming. As you can imagine, some will be better values than others, but there's pretty much something for every wallet size.
One can only imagine how much work went into not just making these decisions but preparing all of the documentation to go along with it. Cudos to the team's marketing department because it all looks just fabulous and certainly ratchets up my excitement level.
In fact, I found my heart beating a bit faster as I checked out all of the views -- every single one of them really, really good. Even in the so-so areas (Terrace level seats), the views look no worse than the Metrodome.
In the best cases, there are little neighborhoods in this ballpark. That's something I never anticipated from all the drawings I've seen. The left field bleachers (sections 128-131) feel positively cozy. The Field Terrace and Home Plate Terrace sections (201-228) will be a great value, but also seem like places where you might want to actually talk to the people around you -- a community of baseball fans. Imagine that!
Out in right field, the sections are all small, with little quirks all their own. There are seats right up against limestone in several areas. Almost every section I checked out had something unique about it.
The Twins have continued the trend of severely separating the moneyed patrons from the unwashed masses. It's not quite as bad as in Washington, but there is a risk that TV cameras will show lots of empty seats right behind home plate if the team fades into mediocrity. That's what happened this year at Nationals Park, and it has been pretty disastrous from a TV image standpoint.
They will definitely need to create an automated system for season ticket holders at all levels to unload tickets they do not intend to use. Leaving this to the scalpers would be a bit unseemly (and would potentially leave some money on the table).
It's going to take a while to digest this all. But it's possible, I believe, to get from these new materials a more detailed sense of what it will be like to see a game in this place, and it's pretty darn good.
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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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Believe it or not, the actual outfield wall will be about where this fence is now!
The entrance at Gate 3.
The pink thing is a mascot. (Actually, with a damn fine mascot actor underneath.)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Ketchup, mustard, relish, mustard, ketchup
The green in question (click for very large version)
Clyde Doeppner proudly displays colored bricks he scavenged from the Met during its demolition. These are the colors in question!
I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
Giant screened images! (573 Club, my back to Seventh Ave windows)
Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
Trees also have sprouted near the topiaries
Love the lighted, translucent panel
Looking for some detail
Circulation ramps: Wrigley (classic, integrated) and Kauffman (modern, external)
Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)
Another look at the outfield stands (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
Click to enlarge.
This was on BPM night. Nice neon, but I'm still waiting to see the homer show.
Saints between innings
I meant to include this shot the other day. It's the new LRT bridge being built next to the remaining half of the Fifth Street bridge. The new half is almost TWICE the width of the portion torn down. And the other end runs right into a HERC administration building! (Click to see the view from nearly the same spot about 85 years ago.)
Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)
"Hey, Ma, it says here we go in at gate 34. Must be all the way around on the other side!" Seriously, though, this is a really inspired idea.
A classic profile on the horizon
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.