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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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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."

– Bernie Williams

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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.


Yes, son, Memorial Stadium used to be right there, just beyond those gates.









The future history of Minnesota ballparks will go here









Ye Olde Tyme Vegetable Cart (and its modern cousin)






Now we know what the English phone booths were for...



I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)






Ullger warms up.



Beams connecting the plaza to the Target Center walkway






The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.






The green in question (click for very large version)



Despite what those signs say, every one of these places was selling either snacks or Yankee memorabilia out of its front door. Do you suppose anything like this will spring up anywhere near the new Twins ballpark?



A true fan out in the bleachers



Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P



The original Candlestick Park



Concourse ceilings (from the Ballpark Authority's May update)



The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)






I took this picture just moments before Morneau's homer landed almost exactly where I had been standing. If only I hadn't wanted to watch the game...



Photo by Jeff Ewer



Here's a closer look.



First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right






Viewed from the A ramp.



Supports for the little sections in the outfield.






A view into the park down Sixth Street from just beyond Hennepin. Note that one side of the street contains century-old, classic buildings -- structures which are likely to last another century or more. The other side, not so much. (Click the image to see what it looked like from exactly the same spot 97 years ago.)









Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.



Arrival back at Target Field






From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.



T is for Twins






Bird's-eye view of the trees






I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?









The past is the future. Seriously.






Photo by Jared Wieseler



Our cantilever friends will be happy to learn that there will be sections with views like this in the new stadium.


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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(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


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Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(2000, large coffee table)
 


Original edition (2000, round)
 


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Book and six ballpark miniatures
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