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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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A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets



A Killebrew tribute covers part of the wall where the entry doors are located near the escalators.



Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)



The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)



TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)



The finished product.






First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.









Off-topic, but this gigantic, cool, retro sign is just across the street from S&CH. Why? I don't know. Might look nice on top of one of those municipal parking ramps...






This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!









Pile driving in progress






Denard Span ready, in a swoop of sunlight.



Photo by Tyler Wycoff



Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)



The season was perfectly bookended by Mick Sterling on the plaza


















TC meets the Mayor (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Left to right: Opat, Oliva, Dave St. Peter, Melvin Tennant (Meet Minneapolis), Jerry Bell, Rybak






Doors directly to the concourse, and a view of the stands beyond






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).






The view from my seats in Section 237 (The Trap), Row 1 (can't see much of center field without standing up...)






These are the outside tracks which go under the promenade



Brick work just inside the opening matches the color of the limestone - per Jerry Bell's requirements.












Lower deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.



The saddest event



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.



This would be a beautiful streetscape if there were ANY people.






Perhaps these very bold, Hitchcockian birds picking at left-over popcorn and peanuts were portents of what was to come.



Imagine this!



Two concepts here remain in the final design. First is the oddly-shaped pavilion in center. Second is the section just above the right field fence. In the current design this section will hang over the field by a few feet. The original doesn't do that, but you can see that the concept goes way back in the planning.








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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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