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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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The limestone theme is apparently carried to the area behind home plate. This will look great -- and distinctive -- on TV. But watch out for those foul balls!



Photo by Tyler Wycoff






Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole



A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.






Through the windows of the Metropolitan Club you can see one of the displays of Met Stadium memorabilia.



I love these upper neighborhoods.



Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.






One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.



Parking ramp knothole



Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)



Also viewed from the B ramp, that's the upper deck in left field.






A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.



Larry DiVito, mowing



The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.






7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.






The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.



Looking back toward the doorway into the club









I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?



Artist at (very painstaking) work






The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.



The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)



Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.



The outline of an infield has appeared on the asphalt in advance of the ground-breaking on Thursday night.



Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)









A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).



Fabulous Fantasy



Yankee Stadium



Trees now line Seventh Street



Target Plaza looking toward the grandstand









Still some work to be done on the canopy.












The New as viewed from The Old.





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