April 7, 2009 3:30 AM
You say low, I say high.
You say Dome, and I say Sky, Sky Sky!
You say the Dome, and I say the Sky.
(Apologies to Paul McCartney)
Ah, Metrodome, we've come to give you 81 last kicks in your pale, puffed up butt. Should be fun.
The Twins are highlighting the 100 greatest moments in the Dome's baseball history. That's a great idea, and I'd certainly buy the coffee table edition of that collection. But I wonder if I can come up with 81 things about the Dome that I will not miss. Let's find out, shall we?
Thing I Won't Miss #1: The sound system is more likely to deafen you than the sound of the crowd cheering.
Terrible day for the web site to be out, eh? I got no explanation from the hosting company, which is generally quite reliable. Could have been a traffic spike, maybe not. Could have been hardware, maybe not. All they would say is that they didn't do it intentionally. Cold comfort, that.
Could have been some sort of poetic justice, capturing in advance what would be seen from the team on the field tonight: a whole lot of nothing.
B&A. The folks. (Look for B at the MIA, and A at the Guthrie.)
I was there with my parents (yes, I'm 45 years old and my mom still gets the tickets for me -- sometimes) in section 233 (thank you, Target free ticket give-away, but because you gave away these godawful seats, I am prevented from complaining about the crick in my neck at about the 45-degrees to the right point) and saw the whole thing, or the whole nothing, if you will.
Red Dog pumped a little fire into the veins, but it dissipated pretty quickly into a Morneau double-play.
But it wasn't any one thing. They just didn't look good. Jet-lagged or something. My dad quoted my grandfather, a Twins die-hard in the 60s (now, alas, long gone): "They don't have the right Combination Of The Elements tonight." Amen to that. (Dad revealed another of grandpa's favorite quotes when the Twins were doing well: "They're playing like Triplets!")
Is Joe Mauer now the heart of this team? Because tonight they played like their heart was on the DL.
20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.
Who the hell was that band out on the plaza? They were amazing. The horns. The vocals. The organ. The guitarist playing fire with a frozen claw. The drumming. The expertly mixed sound. All perfect. And the girls...woo hoo! (Bands: Always put up a sign with your name. Also, confidential to KQRS: Your portable PA sucks. Tinny sounding. Too loud. Not high enough off the ground. People were actively avoiding it -- and your booth.)
Name that band. Please. (Mick Sterling)
It was cold out there on the plaza. I admit it. I'd probably have thought twice if this had been an outdoor game (though I would have still bundled up and gone). But the sun was spectacular.
Across town, earlier in the day, Noah and I took a quick skyway tour.
More pix tomorrow.
This afternoon there was a great moment out on 35W. I was driving north and came up behind a very nice red Cadillac tricked out with Twins stickers on the back bumper. Nice ones. Looked like they'd been professionally applied. As I passed, the visor was down on the driver's side, but I could make out that the driver was on the phone, and he looked a whole lot like...Dave St. Peter!
Play ball! (Really, guys. Play ball.)
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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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Original outfield configuration
Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)
What can you see from up there? Some say not much.
Detail of view to the northeast (Source: LP)
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
People! (In the Legends Club)
The bridge is Seventh Street.
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.
The moat walkway viewed from across the park.
Ullger warms up.
Work on the pavilion in center.
Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.
A last look on the way out.
This is the left field pavilion in the original concept model. The restaurant pictured to its right has been moved, and the seating area has been extended at least one full section toward center.
You can finally see how the plaza will meet the street on the north side of this emergency exit tower (which will be converted to a regular entrance/exit)
Night games are much preferred by the players at Target Field. You can see why.
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.
The windows have started going in.
Saturday afternoon, KMSP-HD 720P
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.
They could not help the Twins on this night.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
Fenway has posts. Target Field does not. But...
The media all turned out!
The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)
This is one complicated streetscape.
This is the Suite Level. There are multiple suites between each pillar, and there will be seating on the area in front of the suites which currently looks like it could be a walkway.
Killebrew's mammoth shot on June 3, 1967 is currently memorialized on a wall at the Mall of America
From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.
Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!
A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)
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
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures