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 3033 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)
Also warming things up are these planters.
Larry DiVito takes a last check of everything before the game starts
The Puckett Atrium
Lots of people are doing it.
More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.
The Guthrie Theater's Wurtele Thrust Stage seating
This is the upper deck in Anaheim
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
Also warming things up are these planters.
This maze of scaffolding is something you'll probably never see again.
Roll-up metal doors visible at right.
A peek through a tiny gate.
That's my mom. She scored the whole game on her Gameday program (bought for just $1 on the opening night special -- thanks guys!)
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
You write the caption...
Opening day, 2010
Did you notice the flowers?
Locations for ticket machines near the Hrbek outdoor plaza
Notice that the wooden-backed club seats are now covered by a green tarp for protection from the elements.
Work has begun on the plaza, and the activity has started to impact I-394 traffic.
Storage tracks in the foreground.
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
All that's left is to add wood! (Seventh Street circulation ramp.)
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Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!