July 14, 2009 10:54 PM
Time for a quick break from my strolling tour of last week (and from trying to put the finishing touches on my train article -- I promise that it's coming as soon as I get a few facts checked) to take a new look at the Target Field model.
The model, which has made the rounds over the last couple of years, is currently housed at the Twins sales office in the Multifoods tower. A good friend of this site took some photos during a ticket consultation, and there are lots of details to be extracted. First and foremost, there's this:
Yep, I think we can consider it confirmed that Target Field will feature as its signature image the original Twins logo! This neon sign is likely to be animated, though there's no way to tell yet just how. Shaking hands would be simply amazing. I'm sure the team is being creative on this.
Click to enlarge.
For the younger crowd, this logo (seen at right on the cover of the original Twins 1961 program) depicts the "twins" of Minneapolis and St. Paul baseball teams shaking hands over the Mississippi River.
You read that right: The original Twins logo, which will be depicted in a very large manner at Target Field, contains a Minneapolis Millers player and a St. Paul Saints player -- complete with their original team logos on their uniforms -- shaking hands over the river. It's a depiction of the two formerly adversarial fan bases coming together to support one team.
If you ever wondered why they aren't the Minneapolis Twins, there is your reason.
For those of us who remember those early years, this is an amazing and iconic image which captures much of the spirit of the original team. The Washington Senators, from which the Twins sprang in 1961, were primarily known as perennial losers (though not as lovable as the Cubs). Baseball fans in the Twin Cities were certainly excited for the arrival of Major League baseball, but they were also accustomed to winning.
Thus it made sense for the Twins to immediately align themselves with the two beloved -- and largely successful -- franchises which they would be displacing (both teams disappeared with the arrival of the Twins). With their stadium having been built (sort of by luck) in neutral territory, it was completely plausible to become "Minnesota's team" rather than selecting an identity aligned with one city or the other. Thus was Twins Territory born.
The logo pays respect to the very long history of baseball in this region, tying the Twins directly to their ancestors, acknowledging and celebrating in one image the deep love for the game found in these parts.
Nothing could be more appropriate to have as a signature piece at Target Field.
Here are a few more details which can be teased out of the pictures. First, let's look at the Budweiser party deck.
The bar is underneath the party deck roof, and that square just outside the roof is the fire pit. On the front you can clearly see steps where people can sit/stand to watch the game.
Next up, a good look at the press box. I do wish that those letters said "Herb Carneal Press Box" but I realize that sentiment only goes so far. For the record, it reads "Welcome to Target (logo) Field."
Just below the press box, you can see the moat -- actually two moats. The inner one protects the Champion's Club, while the outer one isolates the Dugout Box sections. Interestingly, if you look at the Dugout Box area, you can clearly see how a subtle level of asymmetry has been designed into the grandstand.
Champion's Club moat (windows are found at the base of the limestone behind the seats -- not visible in this image)
Dugout Box and Champion's Club sections are sequestered by separate moats
We also get a look at the layout of the Champion's Club itself, which lies directly behind those seats beneath the grandstand.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
Here's a quick look at the Puckett Atrium and some of the details on how it will be finished.
Our host points to the Puckett Atrium on the diagram.
Detail of the Puckett wall hanging
A view into the Legend's Club
Next, a quick look at the Suite and Club Levels, including a peek at the suite mock-up in the sales office.
Close-up on the diagram of the Club Level with finishing materials (click to enlarge)
The suite mock-up
Now for an updated look at a couple of the gates.
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)
Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)
And, finally, a few great shots of the revised plaza model.
Target Plaza in model form
Target Plaza looking toward the grandstand
The sculpture on which millions of kids will one day pose.
Detail on the main gate, with Target Field sign
Special thanks to our good friend, jfh, for providing the snaps.
But I'll leave you where I began -- with one of those finishing touches which can turn a good baseball place into a great one.
Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)
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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 closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
The saddest event
Work in progress.
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
Do you think somebody's already cooking hot dogs out there?
At Comerica Park, some aisles have railings and some do not.
Section 125, Row 1
The seating bowl of Citizens Bank Park overlaid on the Target Field site
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction
Special guests in the trees!
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.
Typical SRO view upstairs.
This is what will count as a knothole (actually, it's a gated entrance)
This will be a great sight on game nights.
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
Go get 'em, boys!
I love this view of the Basilica.
Midway Stadium (seen from our tailgating spot across the parking lot)
Peering through Gate 34
Life in the shadows
Bassett Creek's original path (Source: Metropolitan Design Center)
Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.
It looks like the Target-themed signage has spilled out to the surrounding area (this was taken from the entryway to the B ramp from Third -- the 394 entrance ramp tunnel)
This is where chain link is being replaced with fencing which matches the plaza
The louvres on Fifth have been completely filled in
Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.
Viewed from the sidewalk on Seventh Street. No skyway infringement needed.
This is a great spot for casually watching the game.
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
Hey! An unnumbered gate!
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