Forty-eight beautiful degrees. Sunshine worthy of sunscreen. You may not believe this, but the air down by the ballpark actually smelled of cotton candy this afternoon (there may have been something going on at that nearby basketball arena).
Strolling around without a care (or gloves), I snapped a few new pictures.
This gate opens onto Seventh Street from the circulation ramps, but it appears to actually be an entrance gate, rather than an exit gate. It has something of a Bat Cave feel about it because it's not a gate proper, but an area of louvers that will swing in, virtually disappearing when closed...
Looking through it, you can see the outfield pavilion (upper deck at least).
Glass going in over the Oliva gate.
A truck is leaving the HERC plant. Here you can see the proximity to the promenade. For the record, the truck drove right by me and I smelled nothing...
Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.
Looking through the Oliva gate, you can see the outfield stands.
Here's another look at the Oliva gate.
At one point, we thought these windows might represent one of the so-called knotholes. But nope. Nothing to see here. (Nearest I can tell, there will be no view of the playing field whatsoever from the Seventh Street sidewalk.)
Wow! Looking good.
More new pix tomorrow!
I had to be away for awhile to finish a very large project for a key client. But I was thinking, "Hey, it's January. Nothing ever happens in January."
Thanks to everybody who kept the discussion going and brought a myriad of new tidbits from TwinsFest.
It combines an ugly roof with long, boxy tracks, then adds the familiar curviness of those old concrete donuts (one of which is being demolished even as you read this -- RIP Shea; RFK: You're on borrowed time).
There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow! (I loved this place as a kid.)
Don't get me wrong. They certainly do need a roof down there in ways that we don't. But it doesn't have to be ugly. OK, maybe it does have to be ugly (because there's really no such thing as an attractive roof over a baseball field), but it doesn't have to be that intrusively, aggressively, unimaginatively ugly.
And why would you build an oval within a gigantic square site? I'm not saying that it has to look like anything specific, but it surely should acknowledge its surroundings.
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
I keep asking myself: What could account for the utter lack of taste in such a design, when it comes from the same group that designed Target Field?
There's only one answer: the collaborators. Whoever is working on this from within the Marlins needs to be reassigned right away. I'd love to go down there and help them avoid making the second-biggest mistake in franchise history.
For Further Study
Lots of folks have been offering up their pictures. Here are a few fan collections:
"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
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3037 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)
This terrible picture shows the netting in place through a knothole on Fifth
Work in progress.
Emergency access viewed in context
A view into the Legend's Club
Work has begun on the plaza, and the activity has started to impact I-394 traffic.
A peek through a tiny gate.
Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)
The Hrbek gate is directly below. It's a lively place after a game.
No admittance -- yet! Note that you can see the seating bolts which are in place already.
Looking up toward Sixth Street.
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
Limestone still dominates the Seventh Street walkway from a pedestrian point of view. But brick take over as you move upward -- a concession to cost, no doubt.
Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!
Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level
Row indicators are spray-painted with stencils over rust and peeling paint.
No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
Steps going up at Gate 29/Carew
Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway
Looking down Sixth Avenue toward the plaza
New Concept Drawing - No Roof
This would be easy to miss, but I found it on a cart located directly behind the Batter's Eye seating on the upper concourse in center field.
Up inside the circulation building. (That's the LRT platform visible through the windows.)
Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)
This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.
Now, THIS is just some guy who appears to be hanging out on the LRT tracks talking to himself.