May 4, 2010 2:40 AM
Our little secret is out: There's a great new place to watch baseball in this town.
I suppose it was inevitable that all sorts of people would hear about it and want to go down there to watch games and drink beer and eat hot dogs. Our beloved construction site has been all ruined by getting all finished up. I knew it was coming, but it just...happened...so...fast... (sniff)
OK, I'm depressed.
Not surprisingly, the accolades continue to drip from people's pens and keyboards and mustard-splotched lips:
Giddy Fan (breathlessly): It's the best ballpark I've ever been to!
Giddy Announcer: Really? Which other ones have you seen?
Giddy Fan: Oh, the Metrodome. And Midway Stadium. Once.
And I'm not kidding, some people have already started to try and rank TF among all the Major League ballparks!
"Well, the Vincent burger was a little drier than a Boog's ribwich, and it doesn't have the Roberto Clemente Bridge rising gracefully above the San Francisco Bay, and the Metrodome wasn't quite as bad as the Kingdome, but I'll still give it a three overall."
Can't we have a little honeymoon period here? Let's live in discovery mode for a while, and maybe talk about rankings when we've covered all the trading deadline moves, and maybe even the September call-ups. ("Can you believe that Wilson Ramos is still hitting .778? Where in the world are they gonna put Gate 44?")
Actually, I am depressed. I feel a little like a kid who watched a big roller coaster being built right outside his bedroom window for four years, and now mostly gets to watch on TV while other people ride it (or, more accurately, listen on the radio to their squeals of delight).
No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...
If ever there was a year to have a full season ticket package, this would be it. Of course, I have no idea how people find time to attend 81 games, and I haven't got anywhere near that kind of money. In truth, were it not for the kindness of some people I've met right here at BallparkMagic, I still wouldn't have gotten anywhere near the place.
To those kind souls, including the ninja who made tonight possible, I say what Clyde Doeppner said to Calvin Griffith: "Thank you."
I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.
My shaggy dog ticket story goes something like this: Last summer I bought five games from a STH group just to make sure that I would get in the door a couple of times. It cost more than I would generally pay for a whole season of baseball, but I didn't want to take any chances.
Well, the tickets came and -- I knew this was possible -- two of the five games immediately presented conflicts. Just the luck of the draw.
At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.
You may also have noticed that ticket prices are climbing precipitously. I'm thinking that baseball outings this year will be about as spontaneous as mortgage refinancing -- and have similar origination fees!
I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.
In the meantime, however, we'll have tonight: BallparkMagic Night at Target Field!
You won't find it on the Twins' promo schedule, but you will find a bunch of us overhanging out in the Overhang. If your seat is somewhere else, please make a point of stopping by.
We'll be packed into the first five rows of section 136. Hey, Wilson! I'm bringing my glove!
That is assuming that the big lightning bursts on my desktop weather forecast for tomorrow night are, well, exaggerations. I don't worry too much about the weather (or any things over which I have no control), but these look especially ominous.
But it'll take more than desktop icons to stop me. It will take some real thunder, some real rain, and word from the team that they won't be playing. In other words, I've got my poncho ready!
Looking forward to meeting you all and seeing a game.
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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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The Ballpark Wall! (really stunning)
Clemson Memorial Stadium
That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.
Oh, a flag pole will be so much more...dignified
TC meets the Mayor (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Work has begun on the plaza, and the activity has started to impact I-394 traffic.
Citi Field as viewed from Shea.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
This view is from the roof of a warehouse which stood where the A ramp is today. The HERC is now located where the tracks turned north (toward the top).
Serious home dugout work in progress.
Up close, this is what you'll see as you walk along.
Also from the same lobby, other window, a view which will clearly disappear before too long...
T is for Twins
Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.
Photo by Jared Wieseler
Train. (What is it about baseball and trains?)
I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)
A very unique space
Scoreboard installation in progress
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.
The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.
Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)
Reverse view, now looking down Sixth toward the park. The Met Stadium flag pole will be right there!
Click to enlarge.
This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!
Just so you have a reference, this is an LD ("low def") scoreboard (inset is what the controller probably looks like).
Here's a detail from the above image, showing the LED strips up close.
Entrance to the Champions Club
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