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August 9, 2007 1:46 PM

The Twins have announced the date for the rescheduled ground-breaking. It will be held on August 30, on a schedule similar to the one previously announced.

Your pocket schedule shows that the team should be in Cleveland that night, but that game was moved to the previous Tuesday to allow the team a travel day given that the rescheduled Kansas City game will be played on the 31st.

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Just wanted to point out since I figured someone else might that the game on the 30th was moved to the previously open Tuesday to allow Cleveland the ability to go out to Seattle to play a doubleheader to make up for the 4 game snowout in April. It wasn't rescheduled to allow the Twins a travel day. Enjoy the site. Keep up the good work.

Posted on August 9, 2007 at 2:29 PM by M Highlight this comment 1

northstar commuter rail live a year early? what are the odds this actually happens?

Posted on August 12, 2007 at 10:37 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 2

According to the minutes from last month's ballpark authority meeting, the design has evolved a lot since the schematics were released last spring. I suppose we have to wait until the 30th to see anything.

Posted on August 14, 2007 at 11:14 AM by Tim Highlight this comment 3

WHOA!
A lot of developments seemed to happen overnight. Whats going on Rick!?!

We need updates!

Posted on August 14, 2007 at 11:17 AM by ?? Highlight this comment 4

What are these developments you speak of?

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 09:28 AM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 5

What's the latest Rick? As the previous posts indicate, there seems to have been several new developments in recent days. Wondering if you or anyone else knows any of the latest news/developments.

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 09:51 AM by Jason Highlight this comment 6

Well, I'm as curious as anyone. From the webcam, it looks like some pile-driving. And I suppose the temporary infield grass died. Haven't heard much else.

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 10:18 AM by Rick 7

According to an article in this week's msp business journal pile driving for the walkway promenade around the park has already begun. Atlas Foundation of Osseo is doing the work.

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 10:54 AM by Tim Highlight this comment 8

I walked by the site today and the crews are starting the heavy work. Lots of new equipment on-site and it's being used, not waiting around for a groundbreaking. The work was beginning in what will be the right-field corner area.

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 6:41 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 9

Has anyone noticed that there is a slightly different aerial rendering of the ballpark on some pages of the Twins website. Click on my name for the link. Is this older, newer?

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 9:31 PM by Andy Highlight this comment 10

Andy,

That's an old concept drawing. It's from before any official design had been released.

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 9:41 PM by Rick 11

New pictures of the ballpark model are now on display on the Twins ballpark website

The main grandstand is nice....but the outfield seating is downright hideous...what the hell happened to left field???? The old schematic drawings resembed a pavillion like Metropolitan Stadium had and looked far better than this. And what is that triangular white thing in right-center? Did they just forget to put seats on it?

Someone who knows something, please fill me in???
Rick are you reading????

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 11:52 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 12

Kevin,

I checked the Twins web site and found nothing new. If you've found something I've missed, please link to it.

But if you're looking at the drawing linked by Andy above, that's ancient history. It was one of the original, pre-site-selection concept drawings and can safely be ignored.

Posted on August 15, 2007 at 11:59 PM by Rick 13

look under the sights and sounds section of the ballpark site, the top selection is new ballpark model

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 12:13 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 14

it says it was added to the webpage yesterday 8/14/07

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 12:14 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 15

Kevin,

I hadn't seen those, but they are clearly shots of model-building in progress, and NOT the finished model.

I know that Dave St. Peter was working hard at adding outfield seating, and I really like what I can see of the extended center field pavilion in those shots. We'll have to wait and see what happens to the left field pavilion. It doesn't look quite finished in those photos.

I believe that the plan is to unveil the finished model at the ground-breaking on August 30.

I've rearranged a previously-planned vacation just so I can be at the ground-breaking event to get some pictures of the happenings and the new model -- which will of course be posted here shortly after I get home that night and before I hit the road the next day!

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 12:23 AM by Rick 16

I should also mention that, in addition to rescheduling our vacation, I bought a portable system and upgraded my wireless data service so I can keep up with the inevitable discussion following the event. (In fact, it'll be easier to keep up on vacation without all that other bothersome regular work getting in the way!)

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 12:35 AM by Rick 17

You 'da man Rick! I'm hoping they keep that homage to the Met Stadium left-field grandstand as well. I liked the original idea of a sort of upperdeck overhang, a la old Tiger Stadium. Can't wait to see the finished model.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 08:10 AM by Tim Highlight this comment 18

Has anyone else noticed the small gap in the second deck down the third baseline? It's kind of like what they did at Great American Ballpark.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 09:47 AM by Lafferty Daniel Highlight this comment 19

Can anyone post any of the new pictures/models here without links for us slackers at work? I saw a new pic of a revised model at Minnescraper and the left field upper deck has shrunk drastically. I liked it much better the way it was before, similar to the Met...

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 11:08 AM by John Highlight this comment 20

That new triangular thing above right-center appears to a section of seating. So maybe they're sacrificing more seats in left that would be higher for seats in right-center closer to the field.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 11:54 AM by Tim Highlight this comment 21

Perhaps that Triangle section will be similar to the Rock Pile section at Coors Field? Cheap bench style seats. Hopefully, there will be cheap seats somewhere in there.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 1:28 PM by Jon Highlight this comment 22

Looks like the colors have been selected. The model shows green seats. And if you look at the fourth slide at the top center to the right of the guy, you can see an actual seat leaning against the post.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 4:29 PM by Kup Highlight this comment 23

That left-field second deck still sorta hangs over, it's just a mini grandstand. I do like the angular quality of the design, carried over into that new section of seats in right-center. I suppose green is the neutral and safe choice for the seats. Anything but blue, so that's good.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 7:02 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 24

heh.. the pictures of the model aren't up anymore. we probably werent meant to see it since it clearly wasnt finished.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 8:11 PM by dan Highlight this comment 25

i was really hoping for blue seats. Green is so overused and blue is one of the team colors. PNC has dark blue seats with the limestone and it looks great.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 8:29 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 26

I see the Twins have taken the model pics off of the webpage.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 8:32 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 27

Good to know that's not the completed model because those left field seats are terrible. They look out of place and destroyed the best seats from the initial renderings. I'd like to see cantilevered upper decks throughout the entire park, just like the how the left field seats were before.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 9:03 PM by LD Highlight this comment 28

The pics are still in the gallery section, just not on the main ballpark page. I don't know why they'd post these and then take them off the project's front page.

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 9:03 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 29

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