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Happy New Year!

December 30, 2008 3:18 PM

Happy new year, everybody!

Sorry to have been away, but between holiday business (biggest holiday in years; why my company has avoided recession woes is something of a mystery), holiday travel (which featured several days with the most paralyzing flu-like symptoms), and holiday trauma (my car was totaled when a drunk driver slammed into me as I came home from church on Christmas Eve -- I'm OK, but I did get a face full of air bag) I haven't had much time for ballpark thoughts.

Did see this funny bit of minutia:

And here are some more pix from a recent walking tour:

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The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.


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Not sure what those supports are for -- probably stadia.


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Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)


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Just another quick plug: There are a few calendars remaining, but not very many. Don't miss out -- only $14.99 per calendar (plus $2 shipping and $1.17 sales tax) -- and it's sure to be a collector's item someday!

See you in '09!

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terrific photos as always Rick. Happy new year to you and yours.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 4:33 PM by GreatPix Highlight this comment 1

Wow Rick, sounds like you've had a hectic couple weeks! I'm glad you're still with us after the accident. Hope the new year starts out better for you. I will now only patronize Biff's port-a-potties.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 5:00 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 2

Yea for poop! getting the big story.

Thanks Rick for the new posts! In the fourth picture from the top you mentioned you weren't sure what those supports were for. I know I've seen in different renderings that a section of the Metropolitan Club sticks out from the main concourse right in that area. I've been assuming that's what they will be used for.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 7:06 PM by chuck in ak Highlight this comment 3

i agree Chuck, on both accounts...lol.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 7:20 PM by chuck is right Highlight this comment 4

happy new year, rick.

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 07:48 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 5

I feel much better knowing our workmen are enjoying heated Biffies. Never knew they offered such a wonderful option. Now if they would only offer some air-conditioned ones for my long bicycle ride across Iowa every summer...

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 09:10 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 6

happy new year....shitter's full

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 09:33 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 7

Happy New Year, Rick! Thanks for all your work.

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 10:05 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 8

A faceful of airbag?? I am glad you came out of that one OK.

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 10:56 AM by Dave T Highlight this comment 9

For those curious what the 7th Street circulation ramp exterior currently looks like, click on my name. Still some work to be done...

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 10

thanks for the pics juggler, i'm eager to see what the wood will look like....right now the ramps look like a maximum security prison.

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 1:08 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 11

Rick=The Man

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 10:38 PM by ab21 Highlight this comment 12

We can now officially say that Target Field opens NEXT YEAR!!

I just had to say that since it feels so good to say "Target Field & NEXT YEAR".

Anyways, I am bored at work while everyone else is out celebrating the new year. Thanks Rick for all of your hard work on this site!

Posted on January 1, 2009 at 12:11 AM by Mike Adams Highlight this comment 13

hope all had a great and safe New Year.
great sentiment Mike, "next year" and Target Field certainly have a welcome sound.

Posted on January 1, 2009 at 8:38 PM by Next Year Highlight this comment 14

I wonder when I'm going to be taken down? Hmmm.....

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 02:45 AM by left field crane Highlight this comment 15

Over at baseball-fever.com jfh posted some great images from a season ticket survey. I believe you need a user name and password in order to see the images though. Click my name for the link.

The images show the seating/bar layout for the Metropolitan Club. There is a image of what the possible "Roof Top" party deck might look like with the seating/bar layout. On another image it shows the Twins icon of the Minnesota state outline with the two baseball players inside sitting high above the center field family picnic area. Lastly, on the main scoreboard they show what looks like gameday lineup boards on either side of the main screen area.

I don't know how accurate these things are, but it looks pretty cool to me.

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 16

Correction from my previous post...the seating/bar layout is not for the Roof Top party deck, but the layout for a super suite, whatever that is.

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 4:23 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 17

If they put that logo like that in cf (twin cities shakin hands) that would be the awsome, it would be lit up at night and that would be the signature peice that the world would see on sportscenter

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 4:42 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 18

they could use it to celebrate homeruns/victories too...that would be neat. put some pyros in it...sets off fireworks for homeruns.

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM by luke Highlight this comment 19

I wonder how old those renderings are. I don't see any Target Field signage. I love the MSP & StP guys though. I really hope the keep that in.

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 6:22 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 20

Those are some nice images....So Twins marketing dept, tell me again why these images aren't on your webpage?????? I still covet any "night" picture of the ballpark. I'm sure it exists somewhere!!!

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 10:54 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 21

Yay for MSP cartoon guys! They could shake hands on a Twins home run. That or a spinning Carl Pohlad head wirh fireworks shooting out of its mouth.

Seriously, would love to see handshaking.

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 11:01 PM by David Highlight this comment 22

I would rather see exploding figurines of John Marty and Phil Krinkie whenever the Twins hit a homerun.

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 11:34 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 23

So anyone have another option to see those images Jeff mentioned? All I get is the username/password page.

Posted on January 4, 2009 at 02:48 AM by chuck in ak Highlight this comment 24

lol kevin.

Posted on January 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM by luke Highlight this comment 25

Looked like another canopy section was about to go up this morning when I walked by the park.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 26

Just set up a free account, Chuck. Takes like ten seconds...

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 10:44 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 27

you can tell there are OG Jeff...on the second webcam, they are lifting the next section up there as we speak!

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 10:58 AM by Erik Highlight this comment 28

I'm with you Kevin in AZ. I would like to see the Twins organization do a much better job with providing the entire public with new/updated images and renderings. It makes me a little upset that they single out only a select group of people with new information.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 29

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Posted on January 5, 2009 at 12:18 PM by zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Highlight this comment 30

I'm going to be down to the park from Bemidji this Friday, and have lined up a trip to the Twins Marketing Center (the place with the mock-suite and model), and will get a chance to chat with Kevin Smith (Executive Director of Public Affairs and Executive Director of the Twins Community Fund) while there.

Anything you guys would like me to ask? I've got some questions of my own in mind, but am willing (within reason) to ask your question as well.

Post 'em here, and I'll check before I head out (bright and early Friday morning - 8 a.m.) and print them off...

Moose

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 12:45 PM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 31

we can now officially say "next year!"

i am more and more impressed by the magnitude of the structure; it will really be a landmark on the westside of downtown.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 32

I'm the winner this time. The 10th horizontal canapy support is now up. Whoever spots #11 first wins a free autographed photo of Maza's old apartment complex that can be seen from Target Field. Correct Maz??

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 1:04 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 33

Moose,
Can you ask them what the exact color of green will be used for the seats? So far we've heard "Fenway Green," but as we all know the colors vary whether you look at the model, animation renderings, or virtual seating chart.

And if possible, please ask them when the public will see renderings of the concourses.

Thanks Moose. Enjoy your trip.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 1:06 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 34

Moose, if you could, please ask about the "shaking hands" logo sign in center field. That would be nice to know for sure.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 1:38 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 35

moose,
if you could...stop by winter park and drop off a pipe bomb....PLEASE!!!!

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 36

I’m a grounds keeping buff. You should ask how many grounds keeping employees they intend to employ? I know they are working on finding the Head Groundskeeper currently.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 2:39 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 37

Thanks Moose,

1) what is the canopy material going to be? aluminum sheets? have they settled on that gold color?

2) what will be on the back of the scoreboard? how about a smaller videotron for fans outside the park?

3) what are they going to have to do to change the plaza for target's ugly ass beer bats? fill the tree holes and jackhammer up new ones??

4) when is the leaving las vegas parking structure trippy thing going in?

5) will the light rail station open before the park does?

6) can we move the oufield webcam behind homeplate now???

awesome, can't wait to see the results.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 38

lol Kevin. The Vikings truly were a major disappointment yesterday. I'm sorry to say,

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM by luke Highlight this comment 39

i think one lasting memory will be carl and tk in the locker room after the '87 world series win. rip carl.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 4:23 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 40

Prayers are with the Pohlad family. God bless.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM by B Highlight this comment 41

too bad he won't be able to see the team play in the new park....can we sign some free agents now??????????????????????????

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 42

click my name for the link to the CCO story

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 4:34 PM by luke Highlight this comment 43

i'm not sure how to react to this news

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 4:20 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 44

moose

This may not be Kevin Smiths area of expertise, but can you ask him for reassurance that some revenue generated by the park will go toward the team payroll? I am worried that we'll have a Milwaukee situation, (slashed payroll in new stadium, pocketed profits, sold team for huge profit) especially after yesterdays news. But I hope the new stadium is our ticket to re-signing Mauer and Morneau.

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 1:03 PM by abe frohman Highlight this comment 45

Moose

Could you ask about where the ambulance will get in and out of the stadium?

Thanks

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 3:59 PM by Oak Highlight this comment 46


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