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
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Now from the inside looking at the same area.
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)
The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)
Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.
Puckett atrium menu part 1
With the engine behind us, we got a real sense of how fast we were going by looking out the front (back) window
Here's a rack of lights being prepared for lifting into the canopy.
Instrument of evil.
Brick work just inside the opening matches the color of the limestone - per Jerry Bell's requirements.
(Click to enlarge.)
These stairs will meet the skyway.
Walkway sneak peek
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
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".
From an earlier visit: Don't bother with those escalators either. They were also roped off. And how about a bench? Or a planter? Or even a trash can? That woman is doing the only thing she can: leaning up against a post to do her texting.
In March, we were still only imagining baseball through those windows.
OK, just how many servings per container?
Some of your fellow BPMers at a game in May of 2010 (we had almost the whole section)
The Metrodome has sure been tarted up.
Nine spots for hops bats.
This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
He'll always be a fan favorite, but did you know that he's making $18.5 million this year? The Twins' entire outfield today, combined, makes $7.45 million.
Seat logos in place
Replays on the out-of-town scoreboard!
8:02 PM It's at peak, affecting mostly the upper deck.