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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Wind veil install from across Seventh
The plaza as viewed from across the park. The right field overhang section will be built just in from where the plaza supports are.
Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.
Air conditioning condensation on the floor.
What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
Another over-my-head shot
The main concourse.
Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.
The brick has been tinted where the circulation ramp meets the admin building.
The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)
Which way to the skyway? Really??
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.
The Pro Shop.
Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole
Infield dirt used as accents
The dessert carts came out earlier, and looked even better than last year.
Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...
How many times did we water down our field as kids? More times than we played games, that's for sure!
Door to the visitor's clubhouse.
Speakers spaced evenly among the lights
Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)
Two train stations
Walkway entrance from ramp
The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.
Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).
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