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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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Directly above the ceiling here is the hidden concourse which served the upper deck prior to the renovation. That concourse was closed off to the public, but became a service level for ballpark employees. It's one of the many quirks which will be lost when the wrecking ball takes the place away.



Photo by Jeff Ewer





















Reverse view, now looking down Sixth toward the park. The Met Stadium flag pole will be right there!






573 Club









The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...



Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)



Section 101, Row 27



Click to enlarge.



The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)



A very unique space












The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002






This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!






That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation






The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."






I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?



Dugout Box and Champion's Club sections are sequestered by separate moats



I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.



Ice cream!



Looking up Seventh Street (click to see what it looked like from the same spot in 1950)



Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.



The littlest Twins fan: Truman



Also warming things up are these planters.



What can you see from up there? Some say not much.






Midway Stadium (seen from our tailgating spot across the parking lot)






Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings






Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.






Viewed from the sidewalk on Seventh Street. No skyway infringement needed.



Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)


ll greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)



Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.


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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