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Heads Up

March 2, 2007 12:47 PM

This is just a heads up that Rich Pogin is scheduled to appear tonight on TPT's Almanac. That's at 7:00 PM on channel 2, repeated late tonight at 1:00 AM, Saturday night at 7:00 PM (channel 17), and again Sunday morning at 9:30. I hope to grab the clip and have it here soon after it airs.

If you want to see what Mike Opat had to say in the same forum, visit the Almanac Video Archive. The page is organized backwards (most recent show is at the bottom of the page, Opat appeared on February 9), and regrettably offers only streaming Real Media files (be sure to get Real Alternative if you absolutely must watch a Real clip -- avoid the "free" Real player at all costs). And be patient. The clips on this page generally take a very long time to start, but eventually they do.

Also, if you want a preview of tonight, check out the video archive over at WCCO TV. Unfortunately, this is a Flash page, meaning I can't link directly to the video (annoying in the highest degree), but if you click on the Search tab and enter "ballpark" the most recent listed video features Pogin.

Here's hoping we hear something conciliatory tonight, even hopeful.

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Well done Rick. Always enjoy the sight even though there rarely is GOOD news.

Posted on March 2, 2007 at 5:30 PM by JK Highlight this comment 1


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Uh oh. Schizophrenia.



The Pro Shop.



This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).



This little pathway snakes between the LRT tracks and the Environmental Services Building, emptying into the parking area surrounding the HERC. It could be for maintenance, but it looks more like it's for convenience.



A cross section of the field construction. (Click to enlarge.)



Is it possible to take a bad picture of this building?






The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?









This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.



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.



Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)



Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.



The Target Center rooftop patio. Hardly glamorous, but a great view of the ballpark.






Quote wall



Glass!



Discovered on the upper concourse!



Rooftop scaffolding, for the wind veil installation?









Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)






Knothole non-view #2



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.



From the best seat in the house (Section 8, Row A), the right field corner is blocked. (No one may care. Fine with me. People should know.)



Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)



Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.



Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)



The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".









I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.



Here's a rack of lights being prepared for lifting into the canopy.



Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)



Here is where the signature art (original Twins logo) will be placed.



The blue line now indicates where the back of the accessible seating ends and standing room begins.






Photo by Tyler Wycoff



Revised outfield configuration (courtesy HOK Sport)



Somebody asked how long it would be before the tarp had a sponsor. Well, not very long.



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.)



The louvres on Fifth have been completely filled in



Parking ramp knothole



Wind veil install from across Seventh






After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)








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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

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STH - Season Ticket Holder

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