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June 11, 2007 1:54 AM

It was announced today on Dave St. Peters's ballpark blog that the official ground-breaking for the new ballpark will take place on Thursday, August 2, beginning about 5:00 PM, with the actual ceremony starting at about 7:00 PM.

Site viewed from the

Best view available from the "B" ramp.

Be sure to check out that link. It sounds like this will be quite a party, not some stodgy political thing. I'll see you there!

Also, I've added a new page of site status photos taken by Paul Evans, who conveniently has an office in the Multifoods Tower with a great view of the proceedings. Thanks for the contribution, Paul!

There are other potential spots for status photos. I would really like to get onto the roof of Ford Centre and the Minikahda Mini-Storage building, but haven't been able to make that happen yet. (If you can help, please drop me a note in the comments.)

The "B" parking ramp looks like the perfect place for photos, but it really isn't. That top level is surrounded by a wall which is way too high to see over. There are some openings on lower levels, but they aren't big enough to get a very good view of the whole site.

If you have other suggestions, or a particularly good vantage point, please let me know. I get downtown regularly, and am willing to go just about anywhere if there's a good picture to be taken.

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Is there anyway you could make some markings on the 5/31/2007 picture that would show which of those streets are being torn up? I'm most interested in the streets that go in front of the parking ramp. Thanks.

Posted on June 11, 2007 at 08:25 AM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 1

It isn't enough that they got their welfare check, the Twins "muckity mucks" got to rub our noses in it too. It'll be interesting to see how many citiots show up for this farce. If it wasn't for the free concert a head of time and the fact they had to schedule following an afternoon game, my guess would be 8 people.

Posted on June 11, 2007 at 1:01 PM by snydley Highlight this comment 2

What's a "muckity muck?" Is that something an Eskimo wears? I don't blame you for not wanting to rub your nose in one of those, they probably smell like elk piss.

Ohh boo frickin' hoo stadium haters.

Posted on June 11, 2007 at 2:14 PM by Lafferty Daniel Highlight this comment 3

You're on the wrong forum you living in the past troll hater. Go to that other forum where nobody gives a damn about your opinion but humors you.

Posted on June 11, 2007 at 2:25 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 4

One question for "snydley". Do you live in Hennepin County? If not, please don't go to a game, I don't want to see your sour puss. Thank you.

Posted on June 11, 2007 at 3:22 PM by John Highlight this comment 5

I seriously doubt that people like snydley are even baseball fans.

Posted on June 11, 2007 at 3:37 PM by Lafferty Daniel Highlight this comment 6

He's STM from Shane's Greet Machine. He's made the blog completely unreadable for us serious stadium folks. The arguing is over and the discussion is now about what type of ballpark and actual construction.

DO NOT EVEN RESPOND to his drivel. Shane has allowed him to hijack his blog, we don't need the same here.

He will go away if you ignore him.

Posted on June 11, 2007 at 10:24 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 7

It may be a bit far away, but several weeks ago I was at Windows (the restaurant at the top of IDS Center) and I have to say they have an *incredible* vantage point of the site from their lobby. If I were the Twins, that is where I would want to put a webcam for 24/7 online viewing of the site.

Posted on June 12, 2007 at 10:12 AM by Barry Highlight this comment 8

A comment from your link to Dave St. Peter's ballpark blog posting. "Several current and former Twins players will join local and regional leaders as well as Major League Baseball Commissioner BUD SELIG as we turn the first dirt for the new ballpark."

They aren't seriously considering inviting that piece of crap from equally crappy sconi' to our groudbreaking are they!? This is the same mo' fo' that actually thought the Twins should be contracted from MLB a few years back rather than his lame excuse for a professional ball team the Brewer's. Meanwhile the Twins have gone on to win 4 AL Central Divison Titles in 5 years. Please.......

Posted on June 13, 2007 at 12:23 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 9

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