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This is where you will put out your butts -- I mean enjoy some pretty flowers.
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.
A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.
Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...
At the end of the balcony you can see down the promenade.
Steel meets concrete, with the last rays of sun visible through the suite and concourse openings at left.
Catwalks provide access to the View Level seats (from the Ballpark Authority July update)
These tracks actually travel beneath the admin building and come out on the other side
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)
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.
Now from the inside looking at the same area.
A whole bunch of guys working on something.
Lots of people are doing it.
Replays on the out-of-town scoreboard!
Did you know that the out-of-town scoreboard is covered by a black chain 1ink fence?
It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!
The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing
Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid
Marquette looking south
We'll be packed into the first five rows of section 136. Hey, Wilson! I'm bringing my glove!
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Here are some less intrusive things things you can actually get at the ballpark.
The first pitch.
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An early concept for St. Paul.
This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.
Panels arriving on flatbed trailers in front of the Twins' dugout.
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).
The Metrodome has sure been tarted up.
Ye Olde Tyme Vegetable Cart (and its modern cousin)
Memorabilia on display in the Metropolitan Club
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures