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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A spectacular golden hour
I will take a picture of just about anything.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.
This is the entrance behind home plate (not visible in the renderings which have been released). It shows that the upper deck is set back from the facade -- a very good thing if it remains in the final design.
Champion's Club moat (windows are found at the base of the limestone behind the seats -- not visible in this image)
Remember the pitch heard throughout Twins Territory? What an amazing day that was, April 12, 2010. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Viewed from an A ramp elevator lobby.
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.
The season was perfectly bookended by Mick Sterling on the plaza
Plaza seating installation
This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.
(Click to enlarge greatly)
A last look on the way out.
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
The plate marker is just to the left.
This will be a great sight on game nights.
I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.
A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...
Section 237, Row 15 (top of the Trap)
The Overlook, as seen by outfielders
Looking down what was Third Avenue, and will be a freeway entrance ramp beneath the outfield stands.
Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.
Infield dirt used as accents
The ballpark development area expanded by 1000 feet in each direction
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
Artist at work
I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.
Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)