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
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
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?
New Concept Drawing - No Roof
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
The glorious Gate 34
10 years ago, Bruce Lambrecht looked at this land and thought, "Why NOT a ballpark here?" It took a long time before anybody else saw the same potential.
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)
Sign installer dude
From the B ramp, 6th level elevator lobby window
Row indicators are spray-painted with stencils over rust and peeling paint.
Looking from the doorway to the south, across Seventh Street
Poles through the gap
Hops! (conceptual only)
Carew atrium menu part 2
Look at all those flag poles! But wouldn't the one from Met Stadium look great just inside the gates in the middle of that entrance plaza?
Click to see the full-size image.
Not sure what those supports are for -- probably stadia.
These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?
Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.
Section 101, Row 27
Yep, that's real grass down there, son.
A view into the park down Sixth Street from just beyond Hennepin. Note that one side of the street contains century-old, classic buildings -- structures which are likely to last another century or more. The other side, not so much. (Click the image to see what it looked like from exactly the same spot 97 years ago.)
What are they hanging over there?
I have no idea what this is or does, but as gear goes, it's totally boss, man. (Attached to a railing just off of the Trap)
North Loop Deli
The creative design of the admin building stands in stark contrast to the horribly pedestrian appearance of the LRT platform. This design looks like it came out of a public transportation manual.
These stairs will go up to the centerfield pavilion.
A desolate Marquette Ave
Plaza overview from the A ramp
Most of the main concourse is filled with construction materials...
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