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.
Only $21 per ticket!
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!
"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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The Target Center rooftop patio. Hardly glamorous, but a great view of the ballpark.
These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?
A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon
Limestone still dominates the Seventh Street walkway from a pedestrian point of view. But brick take over as you move upward -- a concession to cost, no doubt.
That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
The east wall of the building looks like it will be the first part completed. These are probably supports for the plaza, and they hug the very edge of the site.
LRT at the ballpark
Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)
A timeline of design and construction of the ballpark. (Click to enlarge. Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Handshakes all around (there's gonna be a lot of that over the next few weeks)
This is the Metropolitan Club as viewed from the future Ballpark Authority office space.
A sampling of seats at Fenway Park
What are they hanging over there?
The plaza has been finished off just beautifully.
Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite
(Click to enlarge.)
Looking up Sixth Street, now barricaded for plaza extension.
A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.
A Hrbek tribute wall marks the end of the Carew side of the club
Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)
The same section seen from Target Center. Yep, looks like bridge supports.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
Work on one of the side panels
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.