So is there anything left to see, now that this ballpark is just about complete? Any a-ha moments left to be revealed?
Sure, there are some little things, and a few niceties still being put in place. Truth is, there are probably a million tiny details yet to be resolved, mostly things we'll probably never notice.
I've been trying to get down and grab some shots of the wind veil. But my camera, which sucks on a sunny day, really sucks on a gray day. And the sun has been in pretty short supply for quite some time now.
Beyond that is the realization that we've entered the period where we have to simply wait for the gates to open. There will be lots to see then!
I pulled a few images from my last two trips down. Both were pretty gray days, and both involved train-related activities. But I got a chance to walk up and down Fifth Street and notice a few details.
The overhang as seen through the unnumbered gate
It did occur to me that a Gate #10 would be highly appropriate as well, if TK would ever allow such a thing.
Gate 6 is quite large
Detail at Gate 6
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
A new address for the Admin building
The first completed mural
The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)
Location for automated ticket machines
Gate 3 ticket window
The louvres on Fifth have been completely filled in
For the train enthusiasts...
LRT at the ballpark
I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)
Complicated pedestrian crossing
Stepping inside the circulation building
Stairs and escalator down to the platform
The first passengers are about to arrive, but the switch is set for the wrong track (those guys walked all the way out to correct it)
Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)
Here's a quick video of that train, which runs in close proximity to the Northstar trains, but not directly adjacent to the platform. (At other stations to the north, there is no such buffer.)
These tracks actually travel beneath the admin building and come out on the other side
These are the outside tracks which go under the promenade
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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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Installation in action (Home Plate Box)
The suite mock-up
Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.
This will be a great sight on game nights.
Delmon Young getting warmed up
Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.
You can finally see how the plaza will meet the street on the north side of this emergency exit tower (which will be converted to a regular entrance/exit)
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
The Legends Club retail store is just visible at the right of this picture.
Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway
The former Ford manufacturing plant (now Ford Centre).
The outline of an infield has appeared on the asphalt in advance of the ground-breaking on Thursday night.
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
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.
(Click to enlarge.)
North Loop Deli
A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew
A Hrbek tribute wall marks the end of the Carew side of the club
Selling exactly what they say they're selling.
Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp
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.
Location for automated ticket machines
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
Look closely at the overhang. You'll see the on the right it is flush with the fence, and then it sticks out farther and farther as you move toward center. More fun for Michael Cuddyer.
Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Shh. Don't tell those people working behind the ticket windows about these automated ticketing machines (underneath the plaza stairs)