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February 15, 2008 12:07 PM

Keep an eye on the web cam this weekend. Local TV news reported last night the 394 will be closed for the weekend in downtown so that the beams for the ballpark plaza can be put into place. It will probably look much different down there come Monday morning...

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They put up 14 long beams last night. If you use the web-cam's every 15 minute archive feature you can sort of watch them go up. The first was in place at 10:15 last night and last at 3:45 this morning.

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 2:08 PM by Play Ball! Highlight this comment 1

God! Why can't they just get rid of that stupid skyway coming off the parking ramp?

I hate skyways! They rob city streets of life. Deal with the weather in the winter wimps!

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 4:33 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 2

"I hate skyways! They rob city streets of life. Deal with the weather in the winter wimps!"

No, I will not give up the skyway.

Betaband, how much time do you currently spend downtown? Do you work in the area or head down only for shopping/social event and the occasional business meeting?

I will say that there would be no need to connect the ballpark to the skyway.

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 6:50 PM by downtown employee Highlight this comment 3

A friend of mine told me that she was at the new ballpark booth at Twinsfest, chatting with a Twins staffer. He went on and on about how you'll be able to get all the way to the ballpark by skyway from anywhere in downtown (which is true).

"But then I have to sit outside," she replied. (She's still among the Unconvinced.)

It suggests that maybe the skyway connection isn't the best way to market the ballpark location...

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 7:42 PM by Rick 4

Skyways are part of Minneapolis. They're functional and pretty nice. A debatable asthetic gain isnt worth the loss of such valuable commodity.
Skyways are part of what make minneapolis, minneapolis.

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 10:12 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 5

It is nice to have skyways available, especially the way people drive these days (running red lights, talking/texting on phones, listening to music, not paying attention, whatever the reason), its nice to be able to get off the streets and put yourself out of dangers way.

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 02:14 AM by Michael Rasmussen Highlight this comment 6

i love the skyway i have been takeing skyway since i was a little kids grown up in minneapolis if you take a way the skyway minneapolis would be different

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 08:43 AM by tomeko taylor Highlight this comment 7

I don't disagree that the skyways have taken away some of the vibrancy of the street level but I don't agree fully. The skyways have become vital to the Minneapolis way of life and removing them would be crippling to the city. If they became more accessible from the outside/first level I could see the street level shops grow and grow, especially on Nicollet.

Plus in the winter I'm not going outside to get lunch, it's just not worth it.

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 10:35 AM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 8

There's a column in the Downtown Journal railing against the skyways. While I do agree that our downtown would be greater without them, I also understand that they are not going anywhere. I just hope they aren't involved in any other future developments downtown.

Honestly, there are only 3 solid winter months out of the year, and out of those 3 months, there's maybe only 2-3 weeks of really crappy weather. Deal with it.

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM by Chris Highlight this comment 9

Chris,

Do you live downtown?

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 12:57 PM by Chris Highlight this comment 10

Up until last September, I did for about 2 years. I lived on the east side of Loring Park and worked at an office over by Dunwoody College. I walked to and from work everyday through Loring Park, across the pedestrian bridge over I-94, and through the Sculpture Gardens. The really bad weather days were few and far between. I managed just fine without a heated glass tube connecting my apartment and office.

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 4:33 PM by Chris Highlight this comment 11

During the business day the skyways are an integral part for people moving from place to place in short amounts of time. During the winter you stay warm and don't need a full down coat to go get coffee. During the summer you won't get soaked on the way to a meeting from either a thunderstorm downpour or a humid day.

Walking to and from work versus navigation downtown is an entirely different topic.

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 5:20 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 12

Ok, you either love the skyway or you hate them. Me I hate them. Why? Because it kills what a city is about, the interaction of people and the street. Most shops that you would normally see on a street are in the skyway and close after 5pm. And yes I lived in Loring park for 12 years and worked downtown and still work downtown. Now back to the ballpark.

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 5:41 PM by John Highlight this comment 13

Charley Walters in his pi-press column today confirmed that the flagpole from the old met will be installed at the new park.

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 12:21 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 14

I live and work downtown. Annoying customer says "skyways are an integral part for moving from place to place in a SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME." I highly disagree. If you walk from the Target Building to IDS through the skyway, the twists and turns in those three blocks would no doubt increase your time versus taking Nicollet straight up. The streets are almost always quicker hence my reasoning for not using them when I walk the 10 blocks to/from work. This whole arguement is totally a nurture/nature thing and I haven't grown up with these being the norm so they just aren't natural to me. Street life is natural and I don't think I'm in the minority when it comes to understanding its importance on an urban landscape. (click on my name)

And I think this whole arguement does relate to the stadium because probably 85% of the people going to these games will use either the skyway or street to get there.

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 12:56 PM by john k Highlight this comment 15

Congrats on the flag pole Rick! Thats a awesome idea...glad the Twins listened to you and are gonna make it happen!

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 3:53 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 16

I never used the skyway until last year but I find that it works much better for time because you're not stopping at lights or dealing with the elements.

During the summer I prefer to walk outside unless it is too hot or raining. Removing the skyways from the city or neglecting the continuous development would be crippling to the city. As I have discussed with people before, integration between the skyway and the street level is integral for it to succeed. Skyways should be direct, unlike how Macy's currently has it going through their store.

I grew up in a city with model mass transit and green streets and even though I now really enjoy Minneapolis, I still find the lack of fauna and logical transit baffling.

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 4:10 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 17

note, that should say "flora" above instead of "fauna"

click my name to see the skyline i am familiar with. notice there are no skyways yet i am an advocate of the minneapolis skyways.

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 4:16 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 18

why does minneapolis need to have busy sidewalks? why does it need to conform to other cities? The skyways were put in place to serve a specific function and they still serve that function admirably. They're not going anywhere so you might as well warm up to them. Personally I don't see what the problem is anyway - I think the skyways are neat and very asthetically appealing. So there aren't as many people on the sidewalks.. big deal.

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 4:35 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 19

Click my name for the story Tim refers to. It ain't much of a mention (a single line, use your browser's find command and look for "flag"), but every little sign is a good one!

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 4:36 PM by Rick 20

That's great news about the flagpole. What a perfect way to bring part of the Ol' Met to the new park. Well done Rick.

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 4:46 PM by Lafferty Daniel Highlight this comment 21

Dan - Please don't be so glib in your comments.

At least to me it’s obvious you are either:

A.) Ignorant and dwell in the ex-urbs/suburbs, so therefore have no idea how detrimental skyways actually are to downtowns as a place to both work AND live. Please try and remember that approximately 40,000 of us actually live in downtown Minneapolis and don’t just drive in and out to work everyday from the burbs in our “tanks on wheels” and go to get lunch via heated, glass tubes suspended in the air.

B.) Are just trying to play devil’s advocate to get a rise out of people. Congratulations!

C.) Don’t be so sure that the skyways in Minneapolis won’t go the way of the Dodo bird. There is a growing movement amongst some of the movers & shakers to get rid of them once and for all. I for one hope they succeed.

They better not ever think about connecting the new Twins ballpark to the skyway system. That would be a huge mistake.

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 11:47 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 22

The ballpark will actually be connected to the skyway system on day one, since there will be a stairway down from the long parking ramp skyway directly onto the plaza. There may also be a separate skyway to the A ramp...

Not sure why we're talking about skyways though...

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 1:42 PM by Rick 23

Is this Minneapolisskyways.com? Who cares about the skyways... Why would you ever tear them down?!?!?!?!?!

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 1:54 PM by J2K Highlight this comment 24

Rick, I wouldn't call that a 'connection.' One of the biggest problems with the skyways is a lack of access points, so adding those is a great idea. Since you have to go outside and then enter the ballpark, I wouldn't call that a connection, really.

What would be a mistake is adding a Target Center like skyway where the tube connects you straight to the concourse.

Removing the skyways isn't a very realistic option, but they certainly shouldn't be expanded at all.

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 2:45 PM by Alex B Highlight this comment 25

I don't mean to be glib.
I am not a wuss - especially when it comes to enduring the weather.
I (unfortunately) drive a very fuel efficient (and very effeminate) Pontiac Sunfire.
I care about minneapolis - alot.
I can't wait to see the new ballpark and I hope the existing skyway linking the abc ramps remains - not so much for baseball purposes but as a link in winter between downtown and the north loop.

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 3:24 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 26

I'm really glad to hear about the flagpole too - although I gotta say I was hoping it would somewhere special by itself - like in the back corner of the somewhat boring walkway between the park and the incinerator (not sure on the cardinal directions - NW corner maybe?. That area just seems like it needs something.
Still really good news though and those 4 flagpoles in righfield are gonna be sweet.

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 3:32 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 27

yea god forbid if we'd have to actually walk outside to attend a game at an outdoor ballpark...sheesh. it's being connected via the stairways as has been mentioned. this is the access point. people using those adjacent big ramps will park their cars and walk to the plaza via that long skyway just like they do for the target center.

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 3:36 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 28

how do I get to view this webcam again?

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 4:21 PM by anonymous Highlight this comment 29

The skyway system is not going away. If you don't like it don't use it. Seems that Betaband has personal interest in the sidewalk industry. While it's not perfect, the skyways sure are nice on a cold night.

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 7:24 PM by Larry from Lakeville Highlight this comment 30

If for nothing else, the current skyway in between the parking ramps acts as a great viewing point for the current construction. The crews have made some significant progress on the plaza in the past few days...Keep it up, boys!

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 8:22 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 31

Heres for you die hards (click my name) theres also a video.

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 9:25 PM by Kyle Highlight this comment 32

Larry In Lakeville, You nothing of what you say, when you use the term "sidewalk industry". It's obvious you don't understand the argument against the skyway system. Does Lakeville have skyways?

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 10:28 AM by john Highlight this comment 33

Why is it taking forever to log onto the webcam these days?

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 11:46 AM by CTM Highlight this comment 34

how about name the the parking ramps after the player bacaues right now it name the abc ramps.

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 2:04 PM by tomeko taylor Highlight this comment 35

naming the ramps after players would be cool but chances are the city wouldn't do it, they have marketed the ABC ramps too much.

you would have to have old players rather than current based on the fact players move around constantly.

i want to park in the guzman ramp....

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 4:02 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 36

how 'bout the rob wilfong ramp? great drag bunter...no? ok... :)

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 9:12 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 37

Twins Ballpark was the #2 most popular/visited ballpark in January 2008 behind Yankee Stadium II on the ballparksofbaseball.com web-site(click on link) #3 was Citi Field (Mets) followed by Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. I thought that was a little interesting seeing Twins Ballpark #2, but not surprising at all since the Twins will definitely have a top 10 ballpark come 2010.

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 12:04 AM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 38

New Ballpark pictures up on the Twins website in their galleries.

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 4:04 PM by ML Highlight this comment 39

I see nothing new. Please give us a link.

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 4:50 PM by Rick 40

The new contruction pictures are on the front page of the Twins website near the bottom under photo gallery.

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 5:43 PM by Jon Highlight this comment 41

Click my name. (The Twins are sort of handcuffed by the generic MLB web site structure. This type of gallery should really be linked on the new ballpark page, but never seems to be.)

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 5:53 PM by Rick 42

The first base concourse/club level is really starting to take shape. It's a nice alternative to the webcam view. Thanks

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 7:16 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 43

I just found out that the new bank here in town (a large $12 million project in Bemidji) was covered in Mankato limestone. It is very nice, and I'll try to get out and take a photo to give you folks an idea of what it looks like (the limestone's been up almost 8 months already)...

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 10:35 PM by moose97 Highlight this comment 44

who hates multifoods tower? i hate multifoods tower!

sorry, but i had to get that out. my apologies if i offended any of you who actually work there. i still think the view of downtown will be spectacular either way, but man it would be even sweeter in my opinion if a building with a bit more architectural imagination occupied that spot in the skyline.

a while back there had been some talk on here about trying to spruce up the outward appearance of the multifoods tower. does anyone know if anything ever came of that or if plans are in the works?

party on....

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 12:20 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 45

Let's just be thankful we will have any skyline to look at. Anything and everything is better than the sterile environment of the Metrodome with the teflon roof.

I agree that the multifoods tower is not the most attractive building, but its better than the current teflon roof.

Maybe they can find a way to light up the multifoods tower in red or blue during Twins night games or light it up with a "W" somehow after every Twins win. Just an idea to add something unique to make that that building more appealing.

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 3:42 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 46

Traffic update this morning mentioned the 394 ramp will be closed sometime this weekend (I believe it was Saturday) because they're putting up more beams for the plaza. Looking at the webcam, they've got rebar on a portion of the plaza and they were laying concrete on the concourse level.

Posted on February 22, 2008 at 1:05 PM by ML Highlight this comment 47

Rick....awhile ago you mentioned there were changes to the lightrail side of the stadium...you said you noticed it at Twinsfest. Do you have any pictures of the changes?

Posted on February 22, 2008 at 5:03 PM by MOJO Highlight this comment 48

Let's just be thankful we will have any skyline to look at. Anything and everything is better than the sterile environment of the Metrodome with the teflon roof.

I agree that the multifoods tower is not the most attractive building, but its better than the current teflon roof.

Maybe they can find a way to light up the multifoods tower in red or blue during Twins night games or light it up with a "W" somehow after every Twins win. Just an idea to add something unique to make that that building more appealing.

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 3:42 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 49

For those of you who would like a trip down memory lane, click on my name.

Posted on February 23, 2008 at 3:24 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 50

More memories here, can you imagine the new ballpark with this skyline???? My how Minneapolis has changed in such a short period of time. Also there are some dark shots of Memorial Stadium.

Posted on February 23, 2008 at 10:31 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 51

Click my name to visit a picture blog on the New Yankee Stadium.

Posted on February 24, 2008 at 4:48 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 52

Just noticed on the Twin's webcam, they have just put up the third tower crane!

Posted on February 25, 2008 at 2:08 PM by Tracy F. Highlight this comment 53

it moving great right now and everything at the site is going so fast.

Posted on February 25, 2008 at 2:37 PM by tomeko taylor Highlight this comment 54

You know I was thinking about the garbage burner today. Not that I think it's going to be a problem or anything. I was jsut thinking that we could actually have some fun with it with other teams. I like to heckle players quite a bit. Nothing outrageous or vulgar or anythign but I could definately see myself telling a few White Sox players that we keep the trash out back as Liriano sends them back to the bench.

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 55

The Mets unveiled the new Citi Field logo. (click on name) I just hope the Twins have a more dynamic and better looking logo for their stadium. I do admire the simplicity of the Citi Field logo, I just hope the Twins have something a little more dynamic and better looking when that day comes as soon as a year from now.

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 11:34 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 56

It looks like the Cubs owner is going to sell the naming rights of Wrigley Field (click my name) I couldn't imagine them changing the name.

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 11:13 AM by Kyle Highlight this comment 57

knock, knock
who's there?
'update'
'update' who?
we need an update, rick

Posted on February 28, 2008 at 8:28 PM by yeahkly Highlight this comment 58

Great article online from the Minnesota Post comparing the dome to the new ballpark.

Click on my handle to read it.

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 07:31 AM by Pikachu732001 Highlight this comment 59

thanks for providing that link. he gives a great description of the seating and price points, how the sun will affect the park and the 5th st. side view areas into the park from outside. that photo of the park used to showcase to suite buyers is very clear. two years...it can't soon enough for outdoor baseball.

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 11:22 AM by Tim Highlight this comment 60

Thanks for the link to the Minnesota Post! Very, very interesting points and pictures in that article.

I have to say I am a little disappointed that (1) there will be no "bleacher style" seating in leftfield and (2) the seats in LF will be narrower; 18" compared to the current 19" seats in the Metrodome. Hopefully the wider aisles with more leg room make up for that difference!

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 5:17 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 61

The foundation for the pro shop can now be seen.

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 07:40 AM by Andrew Highlight this comment 62

They have some updated (March 2008) photos of the construction/plaza on www.ballparksofbaseball.com (click name) Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the updated pictures. They are definitely making some good progress on the main concourse and the pedestrian plaza over 394.

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 4:49 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 63

Minnescraper.com has a forum with tons of great pictures. I have page 93 linked (see name) with some shots taken using a fisheye lense.

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 08:51 AM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 64

They are pouring concrete as we speak on the plaza!

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 09:47 AM by Jon Highlight this comment 65

Click my name to see the proposed Montreal Expos model. It looks very familiar.

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 1:19 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 66

I like that Expos model. The seating bowl is much more favorable than the new Twins park as it get closer to the foul line the farther down the line it goes. Not to mention better sightlines.

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 3:40 PM by J2K Highlight this comment 67

For sure J2K. The main grandstand in the Expos model looks a lot better than the Twins. I actually think a non-split upper deck would fit in more with the canopy.

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 4:31 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 68

I don't understand, is Monteal getting another team or is that an old model for what they would have built if the Expos hadn't moved?

Posted on March 6, 2008 at 12:39 PM by Robert Highlight this comment 69

It's been 3 weeks. Any update coming? Any new pictures besides what we can see on the webcam?

Posted on March 6, 2008 at 10:53 PM by NA Highlight this comment 70

I've got lots of new photos but no time. We have a big family event this weekend (click my name, Victoria is my spouse) -- lots of relatives in town and the result of a couple months of intense planning.

It's a joyous occasion. Then, back to ballparks!

Posted on March 6, 2008 at 11:30 PM by Rick 71

Congrats!

Posted on March 7, 2008 at 1:06 PM by NA Highlight this comment 72

Check out an aerial view of Citi Field. Our main grandstand will look similar to this in a year.

Posted on March 10, 2008 at 3:03 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 73

Hey Rick, hows that update going? Remember, the update with some pictures of the ballpark model. You know the kind with the analysis to go a long with it... hmmm hmmm? hows that going?

Posted on March 10, 2008 at 8:23 PM by Stewie Highlight this comment 74

I think we are lucky that Rick has provided a forum for us to check and that he does keep it up for us. I'm sure there will be much more coming in the next 2 years, as it stands right now they are pouring concrete and will be for quite some time.

Thanks alot Rick for the work that you have done.

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 11:45 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 75

Are they pouring more cement onto the plaza right now?

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 1:26 PM by CTM Highlight this comment 76

Sorry if my post came off the wrong way. It was to be a rip off from the show Family Guy. I do love the site.

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 4:48 PM by Stewie Highlight this comment 77

Even more cementing taking place this morning.

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 09:06 AM by CTM Highlight this comment 78

rick, for your hard work on this blog, you should get first dibs on the metrodome seats when that beast comes tumbling down.

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 12:23 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 79

Just read somewhere, that there won't be a resturaunt in middle field, and the new pub-restraunt on the concourse is gonna have an old basketball court from the old Minneapolis Armory as flooring.

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 3:04 PM by CTM Highlight this comment 80

where you hear this from

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 3:45 PM by tomeko taylor Highlight this comment 81

You are correct about the pub and the Lakers floor. I was down at the new ballpark offices yesterday to pick out and purchase our Legends Club seats. Got some great info that I haven't read anywhere else yet:

1. The floor that the MPLS Lakers used has been in storage for years and they have agreed to incorporate it into the sports bar in the left field administrative building. He said right now they haven't reached an agreement with any restaurants, but mentioned Champps, Major's, etc. as possibilities.

2. They told us they HAVE reached an agreement with a food/beverage company for concessions. Although he was not at liberty to say who it was at this point, he says its NOT the current vendor - HOORAY!

3. Right now they are leaning toward the centerfield open space being a kids zone. One possibility mentioned is a TC Bear "Build-A-Bear" station.

A couple more interesting tidbits:
- In the Legends Club level, the sections are named A-R, however there is no section "I" or "O". The reason for this is people would get this confused with "one" and "zero".
- The above was one of many lessons learned from previous ballparks built in the last 10 years or so, another fun fact they learned was that when the Giants built their stadium, they forgot to build a loading dock! All shipments are dropped off in a parking lot and carted in.
- The Cardinals made their railings in front of seats too high so when people sat down, the railings were right at eye level! After the first homestand, they had to go in and cut six inches off of every railing and sauter them back together!

I hope everyone enjoyed this post - It was great to be there and get all of this inside info! I'm sure there's alot I'm forgetting, if I remember more, I will post it!

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 05:47 AM by DR Highlight this comment 82

DR - Great information. Thanks for sharing!

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 83

Nice update DR. Regarding the restaurants, I would prefer that it wasn't Champps. They leave a bitter taste in my mouth based on their downtown Minneapolis location. I'm not fans of restaurants that charge $2 for fries and then $1.50 for seasoned sour cream. Not to mention the fact that they haven't updated their TVs since 1995.

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 11:11 AM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 84

Champps & Major's were the ones mentioned, but my gut feeling is that it'll be more of a national chain, i.e. - TGI Friday's at Miller Park.

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 2:02 PM by DR Highlight this comment 85

I hope they don't settle for a national chain. People get eat crappy food at Applebees, TGI Fridays, or Chili's anytime they want. Our ballpark should have a unique mom & pop restaurant.

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 4:10 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 86

I agree that a national chain would seem cheezy... but I have to say that the "Friday's Front Row" (TGI Friday's sports restaurant) that is in the outfield of Chase Field in AZ is really cool. They did an awesome job of making it unique and feel like a one-of-a kind. I had a chance to eat there a couple months ago and I was pleasantly surprised.

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 4:29 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 87

I hope they don't settle for a national chain. People get eat crappy food at Applebees, TGI Fridays, or Chili's anytime they want. Our ballpark should have a unique mom & pop restaurant.

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 4:37 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 88

haha, typo...'People can eat...is what I meant to say. Have a good weekend Twins fans.

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 4:39 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 89

We've got some new photo updates over at Minnescraper. Follow the link through my handle.

Posted on March 15, 2008 at 5:35 PM by Midwest Product Highlight this comment 90

I promised a photo of the new 1St National Bank Bemidji a while ago, and here it is - it was recently completed, and has Mankato limestone on the exterior. It's not the best picture, but you should get an idea of what it will look like...

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 6:18 PM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 91

There is a new ballpark photo gallery on the twins main page posted 3/18. It worked a minute ago but now the link seems to be broken…

I’m a huge fan of this site! Keep up the good work Rick.

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 01:11 AM by B to the Rizzo Highlight this comment 92

Nice update by the Twins. Webcam views show that they have rebar on the rest of the plaza that hadn't had concrete poured yet. Also looks like they're working on the plaza supports right behind the skyway. How's the update coming along Rick? A lot of us can't wait for your photo updates. Keep up the good work.

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 1:36 PM by ML Highlight this comment 93

View full pics of the new Nationals Ballpark -which is pretty stunning. Would love to see the jumbotron outfield wall in the new Twins stadium: - click my name to view or go to:
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Posted on March 24, 2008 at 12:01 PM by Ryan Highlight this comment 94

ya, all of the names sound good but what about 3M field?

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 9:31 PM by trent Highlight this comment 95


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From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.



Dan Kenney, my tour guide



Discussions in progress on some very brown grass...



Looking north (toward Fifth Street and the LRT station).



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!



Looking up Fifth, with LRT tracks and B ramp at left






In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.



Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)



Another view of the escalator, which apparently comes preassembled!



You'll be able to park here for a quick stop at the Pro Shop or ticket window.



Some of Minneapolis' finest checking out the construction through a spot where a knothole will be one day.



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Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.






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Heaters over standing room (the backs of the retired number circles visible above)






Go get 'em, boys!



The right field overhang as seen from Seventh Street (with dude)



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.












The Metrodome hot dog vendor. (Source: RP)



Love the red flowers -- just like the original concept drawings. That NEVER happens.



(Click to enlarge greatly)



Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)






Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.






Gate 29 Carew (note the walkway above open to the street where you can shout down at your lost friends to tell them where to meet you)



Cleveland



The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.



(Click to enlarge.)



Now from the inside looking at the same area.



Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)









This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.



Doors directly to the concourse, and a view of the stands beyond












The finished product.






Best view available from the "B" ramp.






I finally found the corner of TF dedicated to the Senators. What a wonderful sight.



Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole


Glossary

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
 


(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(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
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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