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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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All that's left is to add wood! (Seventh Street circulation ramp.)









Topped off.



Gate 6 is quite large






The completed promenade



(Click to enlarge)






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.



The canopy as viewed through the outfield stands. The lighting approach, despite what you may have heard, is actually very traditional.






10 years ago, Bruce Lambrecht looked at this land and thought, "Why NOT a ballpark here?" It took a long time before anybody else saw the same potential.



Wright's Marin County Hall of Justice, San Rafael, California (1959)



The entrance at Gate 3.






Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.



The green in question (click for very large version)



This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.






Suite Level



Daylight (pre-game)



Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.



They can put a camera just about anywhere. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



TC gets ready to release the hounds. (Kids get to run the bases after Sunday games.)



Wind veil framing (from the inside)















Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.









From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.



A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon



From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).



Detail on the main gate, with Target Field sign



Looking out from under Gate 34



Cushions!



This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.



Home Run Porch Terrace



A truck is leaving the HERC plant. Here you can see the proximity to the promenade. For the record, the truck drove right by me and I smelled nothing...



The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing



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



This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).



Looking up Sixth Street, now barricaded for plaza extension.



What are they hanging over there?


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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