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A closer look at the louvers
Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)
I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.
7:32 PM Glare begins at about the left field foul pole.
This looks toward the middle of the park. The third base side of the Legends Club is to the right up ahead, while the 573 Club is just barely visible at the end of the hallway. It extends to the left.
Double plays will be turned here.
The beautiful Promenade has become a sea of temporary barricades. (Smoker's Row outside the unnumbered gate)
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.
A little more imaginative is the circulation building for Northstar.
No griping here.
The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing
Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).
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...
At TF, you never know when you may bump into a Pohlad
Better them than me
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
How many times did we water down our field as kids? More times than we played games, that's for sure!
Looking through it, you can see the outfield pavilion (upper deck at least).
Supports for the little sections in the outfield.
Lots of speakers, but in some places, no sound.
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction
Artist at work
This is a great spot for casually watching the game.
Saturday afternoon, KMSP-HD 720P
I suppose that one day my son will graduate from Mrs. Fields to Hooters. At least he won't have to travel too far. *Shudder*
Also viewed from the B ramp, that's the upper deck in left field.
The plaza as viewed from across the park. The right field overhang section will be built just in from where the plaza supports are.
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!
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