This is getting serious. Reports in the comments for yesterday's entry have yielded stories about people accosted by security through the speaker in a parking ramp elevator, as well as being told by actual security guards to move along.
Viewed from the sidewalk on Seventh Street. No skyway infringement needed.
I've never experienced that, and I hope I never do. Frankly, it's very unsavory for both the city of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Twins. If the policy has actually been changed, a very big mistake is being made. I'm quite sure that the team is not behind it, and perhaps better do something -- quickly -- before their new prized location gets a very black mark against it.
My guess is that the team wants every fan in Twins Territory to come by and take a look, and maybe snap a picture. That's the best way to encourage ongoing excitement among the fan base. Chasing people off -- as if they are criminals -- for taking a peek is a pretty good way to ice the fan base. Chase the die-hard ballpark geeks off and the insult gets amplified pretty quickly.
Let me expand just a little bit on what I said yesterday. Keeping people from sleeping in the skyways is a Very Good Thing. Likewise, keeping panhandlers moving toward the exit is wise.
Musicians may be a gray area. If they're good, no problem. That's a really warm and welcome part of the culture. But if they're bad and it's just a fancy panhandling act, well that probably shouldn't be tolerated. Of course, they can't send music critics out to sort through them, but there's a common sense principle which applies.
Unfortunately, security policies often eschew common sense for rigidity and fearfulness. Those who are making these decisions (and their legal counsel) need to take a collective deep breath and come in off the ledge.
When it comes to skyway security, baseball fans are relatively benign. They come down past Target Center because they are curious and excited. Why would anyone want to stop that?
I'm happy to report that I have now booked my Shea Stadium/Yankee Stadium Farewell Tour! I'll be seeing both parks on the weekend of September 13 in a whirlwind 39-hour escapade. Of course, I'll be bringing my camera so you all can join in the fun.
I mentioned this last week in the comments, but my beloved Olympus C-2100UZ camera developed some dead pixels on its sensor after six years and about 16,000 photographs (many of the ballpark site). If you look closely, images from the past six weeks have a green dot near the center. We can't have that!
The new camera, the Olympus SP-570UZ, is finally here, and I'll be taking it down to the site sometime next week (hopefully not to be shooed away by a misguided security policy).
Here are a few recent images from the dying camera. Sorry about the dot (minimized on these images by reducing resolution and increasing compression), but the images of the steel work on the plaza are really worth it.
The plaza as seen from the B ramp.
Serious home dugout work in progress.
Now we know what the English phone booths were for...
"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
Explore the Site
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This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.
This is also the promenade, where the first indications of the final texture of the walkway can be seen. This layer of concrete is going on top of gravel (as has been done over on the plaza).
Jose Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal has towers much like I'm imagining to hold up our canopy while also making a bold statement on the horizon
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
I love views like this. They show just how much Target Field shimmers. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
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.
Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings
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.
The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing
This is a little section of what looks like a finished foundation. It will be approximately below the Pro Shop (I think).
Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)
Big board, as viewed from section 327, row 9.
Overview of the storage tracks.
Walkway entrance from ramp
Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)