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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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7:32 PM Glare begins at about the left field foul pole.



A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon






The former Ford manufacturing plant (now Ford Centre).



Special guests in the trees!



Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid












I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.






This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.



Loading dock -- already in use!









Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite






July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)



Here is the most recent outfield configuration, captured from the animation video. We probably shouldn't make too much of the logos seen on the scoreboard: Best Buy, Dairy Queen, Target, Pepsi, Dodge and Qwest...









Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)



Fabulous Fantasy



He'll always be a fan favorite, but did you know that he's making $18.5 million this year? The Twins' entire outfield today, combined, makes $7.45 million.






Photo by Jeff Ewer









A cross section of the field construction. (Click to enlarge.)



Note reflected sunset (7:30 PM). Could be a worry...



That's some scary-ass scaffolding, if you ask me.



LRT at the ballpark






Installation in action (Home Plate Box)



Still some work to be done on the canopy.



Dancing for the cameras



Nearby, workers are finishing a support column. The guy at the bottom is using some sort of personal dirt mover (inset). Very cool.



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.



Bike parking available along Second Avenue



The ballpark development area expanded by 1000 feet in each direction



Walkway overview






The french fry lights were on!






Left to right: Opat, Oliva, Dave St. Peter, Melvin Tennant (Meet Minneapolis), Jerry Bell, Rybak



Flowers and Hall-of-Fame plaques. Very nice.



5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.






This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.



There are no caddies in baseball.


Glossary

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

Selected Bibliography - Analysis
 


(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(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
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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