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Happy Sigh.

May 2, 2007 1:10 AM

The lease is signed! The quick-take is accomplished! The railroad is happy!

Get your cars out of that lot, people! It's time to dig!

A Parking Lot

This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.

Cudos, gentlemen.

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– Bernie Williams

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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.



This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.












Our host points to the Puckett Atrium on the diagram.















Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)



Before the team came out to warm up, Kirby Puckett, Jr. was playing Frisbee out in center.



Walkway connection



The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.



Plaza signage















The base of the old Met Stadium flagpole. (The plaque refers to the "Flame of Freedom" and not the origin of the pole.)






4th inning in the thinning crowd of the Grandstand.



Ticket booths.






These outfield stands will likely remain visible to passersby.






The connection from the corner of Seventh Street and Second Avenue. You can now see where the little grassy area and franchise history board will be (the triangular area in the foreground).



An early concept drawing for the site






The green in question (click for very large version)



The Northstar stop has a name.















This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!












Crosswalk taking shape.



Glare from the IDS never looked this sweet. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)






4th inning in the nearly deserted Home Run Porch View Level in left.



A little more imaginative is the circulation building for Northstar.















Steel going up fast.



A very early vision for TF's main concourse


Glossary

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

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Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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