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
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The renderings and concept model differ here. MOJO thinks this is the perfect place for a party deck. Dave St. Peter seemed to agree!
Another view of the escalator, which apparently comes preassembled!
Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp
I set up my late inning "office" at the drink rail behind section 206
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
Marquette looking south
The right field overhang as seen from Seventh Street (with dude)
The wall of brands at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley (Source: RP)
The original Candlestick Park
Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.
The right field overhang is in place, and the first base stands are starting to go in.
Looking up toward Sixth Street.
Large staircases, a staple of recent Populous (nee HOK) projects, are all over the place.
Detail on the main gate, with Target Field sign
Loading docks to the right, VIP entrances to the left.
A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon
Looking from the doorway to the south, across Seventh Street
Looking north (toward Fifth Street and the LRT station).
Wow! Looking good.
Citi Field as viewed from Shea.
Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)
Bench seating just off the plaza
If you are into shade, there are lots of opportunities. This is from the last row in section 108 -- scoreboard not blocked in the least.
Clemson Memorial Stadium
I'm not sure why there's a wreath on Gate 3. (I quickly checked the headlines for any dreaded Killebrew news. Whew.) It looks to be in celebration, maybe of the move.
The saddest event
New Concept Drawing - No Roof
There's the opening through which the groundskeeping equipment will emerge (and disappear).