August 19, 2011 11:24 AM
The Yankees are in town, and you know what that means: Time to enjoy our still-new ballpark without worrying too much about what's happening on the field.
I know, I know, I'm usually going to encourage paying attention to the game, and you should still check it out now and then -- a Yankee might hit a homer, you know. But don't beat yourself up too much if you take some time to just leisurely look around and see what there is to see.
Sporting events are nothing if not large gatherings of people. And ballparks are, when you distill it down, just places for large groups of people to gather (in addition to that little part about money changing hands, of course). When people gather, fun can be had, and great sights can be seen.
So rather than bore you with a venting of my frustration, or suggestions about what the Twins need to do with their September call-ups, or what Bill Smith needs to accomplish in the off-season (pitching, back-up catcher, home run hitters, you know the drill), let's just gawk a bit.
At the end of this article is the order form for tickets for next Tuesday night's BallparkMagic gathering in section 140. Tickets still remain, and they're only $21 -- no fees! Hope you can make it.
Killebrew taught, "Always make your autograph legible, boys."
A scene repeated about a million times each game
A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game
Mary Larson (left), a music teacher from Maple Grove, was a TwinsFest SSB winner and got to sing the anthem before the game.
Solution for a hot night, just inside Gate 34 (that's a cool mist, by the way, not hot steam, which would be kind of cruel)
An ice cream salad cone -- er, Walk-a-Taco
They could not help the Twins on this night.
Dancing for the cameras
"Hey look! There we are!"
Do you need to know the score?
BallparkMagic at Target Field:
Tuesday, August 23, 7:10 PM (Baltimore Orioles)
These are seats out in the Right Field Bleachers, Section 140. These tickets are being sold here exclusively at face value with no fees (shipping only)! It's my way of saying thanks for making this site your source of TF news.
Please note that if your ticket order doesn't arrive in time for mailing of the tickets, I'll refund the shipping charge and hand them to you in person outside Target Field!
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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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Larry DiVito takes a last check of everything before the game starts
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 very unique space
Items promoting the Twins 2014 All-Star Game bid. I got to bring one of these buckets home, and Noah got his first-ever taste of Cracker Jacks.
(Click to enlarge greatly)
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
This is the upper deck in Anaheim
Center field seating
The 1963 team won 91 games! (Click to enlarge and see the names)
For reference, here's that spot on the model.
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
Looking back toward the doorway into the club
The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.
Look at all that blank space. Canvas! (What should go on those walls? A giant schedule perhaps?)
Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew
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.
These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?
OK, it doesn't really look like that at all...
Close-up on the diagram of the Club Level with finishing materials (click to enlarge)
The process of building the canopy is really amazing to watch.
The tracks on the right will be moved to the newly-cleared area on the left. The edge of the ballpark will be about where the rocks and dirt meet.
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)
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
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