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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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Work going on under the steel.



Workers against green






Yep, that's real grass down there, son.






LRT at the ballpark



I don't know if the back side is also a test for materials, but it could be a hint of how the exposed steel supports will be finished. Or it could just be to hold up the stone.



New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)






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.



This is one complicated streetscape.



Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)



Click to see the full-size image.









Steel going up fast.






More flowers, more pennants.



Ullger warms up.






This is where chain link is being replaced with fencing which matches the plaza



Infield dirt used as accents


















A sampling of seats at Fenway Park






This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.



This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.



Griffith Stadium (notch visible in lower photo at far left)



What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.



Main Concourse






Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole



Limestone facing and flowers on the right field overhang



Seventh Street windows









Trampled, repaired, and re-trampled grass



Event Level



It looks like the Target-themed signage has spilled out to the surrounding area (this was taken from the entryway to the B ramp from Third -- the 394 entrance ramp tunnel)



Steps, skyway, and plaza intersect.



Killebrew taught, "Always make your autograph legible, boys."



Final pieces arrive






Good seats, but no scoreboard or sky.



A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.


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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