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Sunny Tour Finale

February 4, 2009 2:11 AM

Now for a look at some of the stadia. As has been previously noted, it sure goes in quickly!

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Here's the current overview from the south side of the B ramp (from which the banner at the top of this page was culled).


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The right field overhang is in place, and the first base stands are starting to go in.


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Here's a rack of lights being prepared for lifting into the canopy.


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This is the outside portion of the Metropolitan Club.


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From the roof of the B ramp, you can see just how futile it will be to get a glimpse of the action.


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These stairs will go up to the centerfield pavilion.


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These stairs will meet the skyway.


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Here's another view up Sixth Street toward where the plaza will meet First Avenue (it will hug Target Center all the way).


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Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.

I realized something while watching the stadia go in. Though you might not think of it, when sitting in the lower seating bowl, you will actually be sitting on the roof of a building! Underneath you will be the clubhouse and a whole bunch of support activities.

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This was billed as a diagram of a super-suite. I'm not quite sure just where this (or these) will be located.

Stadiums really are weird buildings.

TwinsFest Review

Though I didn't get there, I know that many of you did.

Were you disappointed that you would not get a free Upper Club ticket to a game? Well, get used to that feeling.

As the days of a new ballpark slide closer, the team will be honing their ability to wring the most cash out of the fans. Just because they have a whole bunch of new revenue streams coming online does not mean that they shouldn't "optimize" the existing ones.

With season ticket sales through the roof (pardon the expression), it's easy to see why some of the nice perks of following a mid-market team will be slipping away. It's entirely possible that the cheap-seat folks will soon be the no-seat folks.

I don't want to harsh your ballpark buzz too much, but I'm just saying...

Moose's Review

Buried in the comments the other day was a terrific collection of info from Moose, who made the acquaintance of one Kevin Smith:

Special thanks need to go out to Kevin Smith, the Twins Executive Director of Public Affairs, and Al Schoch, Sports Director of the Minnesota News Network for their help today in answering so many questions of mine today and showing me around.

Here's what I got answered for you guys today:

1) The canopy will be made of metal. Not aluminum, but some sort of steel/metal product, and certainly not fabric. The only answer I got on color is the generic "champagne" that has been discussed before. Even Kevin Smith didn't seem to know exactly what color that was...

2) The main grandstand supports (lower level) will not be installed until the crawler cranes are completely done with their work. The ballparks size really has limited the work (even more than perhaps was initially thought), and the main bowl will be one of the last things constructed.

3) The Target Plaza renderings leaked on the net were "first drafts," and the final design won't be revealed for at least a month. When I asked why they wouldn't be available for Twins Fest, Kevin Smith said that he had pushed for that, but that the Twins are working, in some cases with a multi-million dollar corporation (Target), and a State agency (Ballpark Authority), and that doesn't always get things done on time.

4) Speaking of "leaked" renderings, the "shaking hands" logo in CF is in the plans, but it may not be in centerfield. They want to make it animatronic, so that the twins shake hands after home-runs, but things are in the early stages right now.

5) Back to renderings, and seeing new ones (especially the interiors). You can expect to see some new stuff at Twins Fest, but interior renderings are a ways off. They have some drawings in the club sales brochures, but they are more artist-conceptions than official renderings.

6) The NorthStar Rail line is set to open later in 2009 (no specific date was given). If that part of the ballpark is ready by then, it will be used as a train station before the official opening of the rest of the park. If not, a temporary station will be constructed. The light rail station will likely not be in operation until the park opens in the spring of 2010.

7) Don't expect every seat in Target Field to be entirely green. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be public knowledge, but Kevin Smith never told me it was a secret, so, here you go - the club seats (the excelsior level between the upper and lower level) will have green padded seat bottoms, but wooden backs. Every other seat in the main bowl will be entirely green. Also, the pavilion seats (right-center field in front of the B parking garage) will have the green seat bottoms (with no padding), but also wooden seat backs. They had examples of the club versions at the Marketing office in the multi-Foods building, and they looked sharp. You can see (and sit in) seat examples at Twins Fest.

That's about it. Hope I answered a few questions for you guys! It was a great day for me. I also got a chance to walk around (but not in) TCF Bank Stadium, and that place looks amazing too. This state is getting two phenomenal facilities in the next year and a half...

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I forgot to mention - they have the pieces of the old Lakers floor, and haven't decided if they will be used in the Town Ball Tavern or not (as Kevin Smith noted, you never know, it may be more appropriate that the Timberwolves have them). Another concern is wear on the floors. I suggested that they put them on the ceiling, rather than on the floor, so that folks could see them, but they would not be destroyed be people walking on them. If that happens, I've got my contribution to Target Field design...

Also, the area in CF above the batters eye is still a work in progress (where the "Minnesota Twins Ballpark" sign is on the model, and where the shaking hands logo shows up in those renderings leaked last week). That may become a kids area, but again, it's a work in progress now, and no final design has been worked out (this is why those interior renderings may be a ways off - they still don't know what some areas will look like - and frankly, they've got time to figure some of it out. They're not too worried).

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Kevin Smith personally physically placed both web-cams in their places, and seems to be the guy who would move it in the future (which makes sense for a Public Affairs guy over the team President)...

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The seatbacks are a light maple stain. They had a couple in the Marketing office (examples with the padding, so club seats), and Kevin said he had to take them to Twins Fest. Check them out there. Like I said, I think they looked sharp, and should make the seating bowl look quite unique with mostly green seats, and the wooden ones contrasting in the club level.

Great questions, great answers. Thanks, Moose!

Jeff Reports

My mom handed me a column from Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine's publisher, Deborah Hopp. I was surprised at the interesting tidbits she was able to report about the ballpark. I'd link to it, but it doesn't appear to be on their web site.

Before I could write a summary, however, Jeff posted one in the comments that you may have missed. A few of these things everybody who visits here regularly already knows. And a couple of these are already known to those who purchased a construction calendar, but the list is definitely worth a look.

I just read an article about Target Field in MSP Magazine, Top Doctors 2009 Edition. Most of it contained information we already know. Here are a couple interesting points:

- They plan on using Fir trees from Hinckley to line center field.

- Foul territory is narrower than at any ballparks, besides Wrigley

- $8 million Target contribution to the plaza upgrade

- The Old Met Flag Pole will be located at the end of the new plaza extension connecting to First Avenue by Target Center

- The rooftop bar in left field will be a mix between Stella's and Brit's. The rooftop bar will hang over the left field line

- The lighting in the canopy will make a major architectural statement...at night it will look like it's floating over the field

- There will be twenty rows of radiant heat

- Glass enclosure lounge for all ticket holders to escape the outside elements...there was no mention of where this lounge will be located

Thanks, Jeff.

Let me add a couple of things, also from the article:

- The official estimate is that 65% of the fans will enter the ballpark through the plaza.

- Dave St. Peter is predicting that the Metropolitan Club will be a hot spot for weddings in 2010.

Comment Management

You may have noticed the new comment link at the top of this article. I've set it up so that the site will remember when you last visited, and the comment link will take you right to any new comments which you have not yet read. The new ones will also be highlighted to make them easy to spot.

This is the first of several enhancements I have planned for the comments. I hope it saves you from some tedious scrolling. Enjoy!

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I think instead of having the "shaking hands" logo in centerfield, they should have a big neon "TC" logo. I think the "TC" logo is the best in baseball, and a neon "TC" logo would be amazing in this new ballpark!

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 08:33 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 1

Thanks Rick. Great photos. (I'm loving my calendar too!)

My question is if the lower bowl goes in last because of the cranes, how will they build the clubhouses, which are situated beneath the lower bowl?

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 08:39 AM by Dale Highlight this comment 2

Rick,

Thanks for including me on the site! For the record, I "made the acquaintance" with Kevin Smith as part of my job - Sports Director of KBUN-AM in Bemidji (and that info was taken from an interview I recorded and played back on the 'Bun). I'll likely have access to him again as we get closer to Target Field completion, so I'll try to include you guys in my efforts...

Moose

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 08:39 AM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 3

I might be missing the obvious, but is the bathroom missing from that suite diagram?

Erik is right about the speed of the stadia installation. I can't believe how many more sections have been filled in the past couple days - even since these pics were taken. Go Mortenson!

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 08:54 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 4

LOVE the comment upgrade Rick.

Two things: 2) It's great to start daydreaming about the idiosyncrasies that shouldn't matter so much, but totally consume me considering the lack of them at the Humptydome. The trees, the foul territory, etc.

Second, to correct a previous poster, Jarrod Washburn is not from North Dakota but rather Webster, Wisconsin. I'm a fellow West Wisky alum myself and we played Webster every year in Babe Ruth and Legion baseball. I remember doing the math the year he won the World Series and he graduated twoyear before I had the chance to face him.

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 10:12 AM by JohnK Highlight this comment 5

And clearly my first point should have a 1) by it rather than a 2). Too early in the morning...

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 10:14 AM by JohnK Highlight this comment 6

For all of you interested in seeing the TC in the center field grass, you'll be happy to know the Twins hired the old Washington Nationals Groundskeeper. The nationals had the script W in center field at their park - I'm assuming the new guy is open to doing such a thing at TF!!

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 7

I linked to a Washington Post article about him last year.

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 10:56 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 8

Yeah, there might be a TC in centerfield...but what if I told you the TC was (very slightly) altered...almost looking a little more retro?

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM by The uniform bird Highlight this comment 9

Hmm, how retro?
I would pay to be on the Grounds Crew.

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 11:28 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 10

What do you mean by retro? The TC has never been altered as far as I can tell. ???

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 11:37 AM by JohnF Highlight this comment 11

I'm sorry, altered is not the right word. It's still the same TC, with very small but tasteful changes.

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM by the uniform bird Highlight this comment 12

bird - Sounds good to me - new unis are a welcome change.

I'm officially calling for the 2nd webcam to be adjusted. There's so much going on that would be nice to see!

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 2:18 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 13

Where exactly does this uniform bird do its flying to hear such peeps? Sure it isn't just the wind?

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 2:19 PM by JohnK Highlight this comment 14

#16 canopy support. Victory!

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 2:28 PM by ManBearPig Highlight this comment 15

More pics can be found by clicking the link.

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 3:13 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 16

How do you know this uniform bird?

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 6:26 PM by Matt Highlight this comment 17

Sorry ManBearPig,
Those would be the 16th vertical canopy supports that are currently in place. Just ask the ex-Vikes QB's, the competition is for the CHS. (canopy horizontal supports) My guess is that if you watch the webcam all day tomorrow and be quick to post, you could still get the victory for #16. Good Luck everyone!
Great Pics Laff! WOW!!

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 6:30 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 18

Thank you for the clarification, Locker. I thought I was out of the race for #16, but now its on! Good luck, all!

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 9:19 PM by kumbaya Highlight this comment 19

Hey, save a seat for me on opening day!

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 9:59 PM by Twinsfanguy Highlight this comment 20

the next step towards the race for #16 has been completed with the installation of the stadia support

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 10:30 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 21

I have a nest in an MLB apparel tree, although I've only seen bits and pieces of a proposed update to the unis. Nothing is set in stone, but some positive steps have been taken to "update" things. Time to fly south for the winter...I'll try to be back when there's more news and it's warmer out.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 09:15 AM by the uniform bird Highlight this comment 22

The Twins have already said they will be having a new uniform next year to coincide with the Inaugural season at Target Field as well as their 50th anniversary season in Minnesota.

The design should be official very soon as the 2010 MLB style guide will be released sometime this summer/fall.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 10:37 AM by Jason Highlight this comment 23

Will the canopy be covered with glass? If so will the whole thing be luminescent?

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM by Evan Highlight this comment 24

Does anyone know if people are allowed to go on top of the Met club and the Admin building in left field? Both places would be great for open space "seat, eat, and watch" venues.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM by Reckoner Highlight this comment 25

"Will the canopy be covered in glass?" Um, are you serious, dude?

The admin building will have a party deck on top, as illustrated in a picture two posts ago.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 12:24 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 26

I added a picture to my Flickr account (Twinsfan33)...feel free to check it out though it is nothing really too exciting...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM by Erik Highlight this comment 27

number 16! victory is mine!

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM by stewie griffin Highlight this comment 28

Looks like the next canopy support is up. Chew on that, Warren and Wade! I'm on it. I'm back, baby! *does stupid arm roll*

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 1:59 PM by Daunte Culpepper Highlight this comment 29

you're too late Daunte muhahahahaha muahahahahaha

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 2:08 PM by Stewie griffin Highlight this comment 30

i went down to the site over lunch today and it's amazing how massive it is in just a small area.

i win for being the first to see #16 in person...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 31

I know someone was asking about what look like a slanted wall going up in right field. I believe what the are doing, having read somewhere, is constructing what will be a narrow tunnel that will be used only by team personnel. What you see now is just plastic wrap to keep out the cold as they work.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 3:41 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 32

This was a hotly contested win spotting the CHS for Stewie! Nice Job!
Whoever spots #17 wins ??! Augh, Who knows?

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 7:53 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 33

I was just looking over the web cam 2. They have gotten to the point were you can see where an open protal will be in the lower bowl. I know the open main concorse is at the top of the field level, but I never thought about those open portals that will lead under the stands until now. There are 3 on each base side. Does anybody know if these are just for venders etc? Or will there be bathrooms and concessions under the stands. Rather than walking all the way to to the top of the level, it would be nice option to duck under the stands for a beer or bathroom break.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 34

I would like to thank the crane operator for puting the canopy support into place, and I would also like to thank this slow economy for making work slow so that I had the time to watch the web cam so often.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 10:10 PM by Stewie Griffin Highlight this comment 35

There must be some walkway there, I'm pretty sure it's there for handicaps to sit down in the dugout box, if I remember correctly. I wouldn't be surprised if Vendor's used it too.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 10:26 PM by Camden Pike Highlight this comment 36

Bill Smith is such a stupid prick! Just sign Joe Crede already you fat slob. Tired of his lame ass excuses in regards to every possible trade or free agent out there. Crede even at 75% is an upgrade over Buscher and Harris at 3rd base.

Man, does Bill Smith piss me off to no end. Really wish he was not the GM of this Twins group. Shit, I would rather have Terry Ryan back than read one more uninsightful, boring-ass comment from Bill Smith in the paper.

Link to story in Minneapolis Star Tribune tonight about trying to sign Joe Crede below or you can click above. Just do it already Smith!!

http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/39179667.html?page=1&c=y

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 10:38 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 37

amazing pics. i cant wait for the seat installation. start covering up some of the gray.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 07:02 AM by luke Highlight this comment 38

Beta,

I just read that story and came here to rant about it,

sign him now.... hes a proven talent, injured but proven hitter.

They will pay players that they know will not be good 5 mil, like rondell white he was hurt that whole first year they had him and he sucked...they re signed him the next year...

punto makes 4 mil to be a utility player... i think crede is worth the 5.

everybody know it, 60 million payroll this year boys, and they are rolling in it, money coming out the wazzooo at 34 puckett place

sometimes i get the feeling they dont want to win over there with the moves they make..or lack there of.

sign crede and the payroll will be @ 65 mill thats still 13 mill under 2007 payroll..

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 07:47 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 39

an different visual perspective of Target Field from Jim Svare on Flickr. Anybody know from what building this shot may have been taken?

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 07:52 AM by Mo Highlight this comment 40

looks like the corner of Wells Fargo Center. I don't know what else it would be.

Agreed with maz and beta. It's really frustrating for me to hear Billy Smith making excuses about artificial turf and vague "he's only at 75 percent" bullcrap.

Seriously, their excuse for not signing him is the metrodome's fieldturf. And Smith knows we're not chiropractors, so we're in no position to argue.

Our infield of Buscher/Harris, Punto and Casilla will not cut it this year.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 08:58 AM by Frohman Highlight this comment 41

Maz and Beta,

Don't you guys know "we're the little engine that could", and "we're a small market team"? (Even though attendance and season tix sales have skyrocketed) Listen, that 24 million in revenue sharing each year, that's more or less for profit. Besides, Scott Erickson is making a comeback at 41 years old, and we need to keep some of that profit "open" so we can sign him.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 09:20 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 42

Stewie! Stewie!!

Sorry guys, he needs his diaper changed right away. So what does he win?

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 12:06 PM by Lois Griffin Highlight this comment 43

Lois,
If Stewie can get down to Arizona, kev has agreed to take all past and future winners on a trip out to the desert to look for snakes. Sounds like a decent prize for spotting a CHS.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 1:12 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 44

"Kev has agreed to take all past and future winners on a trip out to the desert to look for snakes."

That has to be the funniest thing I've read on hear in a long time. You're brilliant Locker. haha

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 1:56 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 45

here, not hear. Woops.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 2:02 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 46

Figures...

The Ballpark Public Art Community Open House featuring two artists and their proposals has been postponed. A new date for the Open House will be announced in the near future.

The original event was scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hennepin County Library - Central, in Minneapolis.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 2:30 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 47

It would be pretty ridiculous if we don't sign Joe Crede. Like Maz was saying, we will sign washed up players like Rondell White and Tony Batista but are hesitant with Joe Crede. It's just one year, if his health doesn't hold up then don't sign him again, it's as simple as that.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 2:36 PM by Matt Highlight this comment 48

They won't sign Crede, or any other proven hitter. They want singles hitters, not home run hitters. Complaining about his peformance on the Domes fieldturf or his 75% speed is the public excuse.

The real reason we haven't signed him is that Crede would be an every day type player, relegating Harris/ Busher to the bench. If Crede is healthy and producing, there is no way Busher/ Harris get the start over him. That would also mean Punto has some competition at SS, so Gardy can't get away with playing Punto 24/7.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 3:50 PM by Alex D. Highlight this comment 49

I'm in! The weather here sucks

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 4:34 PM by Stewie Griffin Highlight this comment 50

The weather is pretty bad in Quohog huh?

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 5:19 PM by by Highlight this comment 51

Thanks Laff,
I don't think my wife would agree with you, but's that's aaghight!! It was a random hairbrained post I second guessed posting. Oh well...all in fun!

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 6:33 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 52

Yes Locker, I may even let them drink water on their trip. I see the Twins signed Ayala - DAMMIT! I was really hoping they would try the services of Sidney Ponson. Once again Billy Smith lets me down.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 7:19 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 53

Is anyone else homepage screwy?

Posted on February 7, 2009 at 10:46 AM by Matt Highlight this comment 54

Yeah, i had to search to get here.

Posted on February 7, 2009 at 11:14 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 55

Whoa, what happened to the home page? Anyhow, I'm betting they will sign Crede.

Posted on February 7, 2009 at 1:17 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 56

Sorry, had a minor coding snafu...

Posted on February 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM by Rick 57

are they disassembling a crane?

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 12:43 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 58

No disassemble #5!!!

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 3:58 PM by 80's movie reference Highlight this comment 59

lol 80's movie reference...one of my all-time favorites.
ah, brings back great memories.

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM by luke Highlight this comment 60

Every now and then if surf on over to ballparks of baseball.com just to make sure we will have the best park in baseball. We will. There is no question about it. Target Field has one of the most distinctive outfields in the MLB. I just can't contain my excitement!

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 9:28 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 61

johnny 5 is alive. Now it's time to get webcam 2 moved so we can see what's goin on in the outfield.

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 9:34 PM by A. Frohman Highlight this comment 62

To be honest I don't see how the outfield is so distinctive. I love the right field plaza and the pine trees for the batters eye though. To get real picky, I don't really like the look of the left field upper deck. Maybe it will look better when the parks done.

Does anyone know how our world series banners will be featured? Do most ballparks use flagpoles? I've only been to one other ballpark and that was U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago and I like how they do it. A huge banner on the light tower in left field.

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 11:05 PM by Matt Highlight this comment 63

The Twins haven't signed Crede because he wants $7 mil + incentives, and he's only played 144 games in the past two years. Plus, he's had two back surgeries.
He'd be a great pickup if he stays healthy, but the contract has to reflect the risk that his back goes out again.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM by Dave T Highlight this comment 64

I think it would be cool to see a 1924 banner with the 87' and 91' banners. The nationals use the expos for their history. So I don't see why the twins shouldn't use the Senators history before they moved to Minnesota in their ball park.

lets not forget this organization started in 1901 and this will be the first ballpark built just for them.

While I'm on a history at the ballpark rant, I also hope to see something for Molitor, Winfield, Hrbek, and Morris sense they all ended up playing for the twins at sometime.

Something for the Minneapolis Millers would be cool too. Maybe have a replica jersey of Willie Mays when he played there and the newspaper article the Dodgers took out apologizing to Minneapolis for calling him up to the majors. Other notable Millers are Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams. I realize they were all just for a short time but it was a minor league team, if they were long time millers they wouldn't exactly be HOF'ers

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 65

Twinlves,

Love the idea of having a 1924 banner and Millers (and Saints!) history displays. Do we know if there will be any MN baseball heritage area in the ballpark?

Given that baseball is coming back very near to where Athletic Park used to be, it seem appropriate to acknowledge our history.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 11:13 AM by David Highlight this comment 66

twinlves - i might be wrong, but i think you mean the giants, not the dodgers in regards to willie mays when he was called up from the minneapolis millers.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 67

the nats also have the senators' history as an homage to washington baseball.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 11:35 AM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 68

Willie Mays would never have played for such a despicable organization as the Dodgers. As the GOAT, you don't stoop to that kind of level. (Can anyone guess who I root for?)

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 11:42 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 69

yo are correct beteaband, sorry for the brain fart

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 70

ac, I have never been to the nats ballpark so if you have you would know far more than me. If you go to their team website and look at their team history it shows the expos before they were the nats and if you go to the twins team history it starts at 1961. Do you know if the nats do anything for the players in the HOF as a Senator?

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 71

Who is headed to Spring Training in Ft. Myers? Warm sunshine, white sand beaches, cold beers, a few hot dogs/brats, and a ballgame. I doesn't get much better than that in February/March.....

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:09 PM by Max Highlight this comment 72

In regards to the Strib editorial that Rick keeps dismissing;
The resignations of Commissioners Opat, Johnson, McLaughlin, and Stenglein would be a start in removing the stench, at least from the politics involved in forcing the residents of Hennepin County to pay for an unwanted and ill-sited ballpark. Despite the polls showing nearly 80% of the taxpayers demanding a referendum and fierce opposition to the placement, design, and cost of this facility, these gentlemen dismissed and insulted those who opposed it and should be held solely accountable for what will be an expensive problem to correct. But rather than punish the taxpayers further by forcing them to pay even more for this folly, for now the garbage odor should be left as it is until the next election as a pungent reminder of the need to elect county commissioners who actually care about their constituents.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:10 PM by irked Highlight this comment 73

hey irked - please go put your head in a toilet, flush then repeat.

now get off this blog you tool bag!

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 74

who is this numbnuts irked? still a few stadium haters, go away!

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM by first time poster Highlight this comment 75

i know that RFK had images on the outfield walls of the old senator players (such as walter johnson) and i can only assume that they carried that over to nationals stadium. i haven't been there so i can't say it with 100% certainty.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:58 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 76

Hey irked move to Nebraska dumbass.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 1:08 PM by Matt Highlight this comment 77

Irked - Here's a quick tip to help win more arguments: Cancel your Strib subscription. You'll sound a bit more relevant and come off as slightly less uninformed. Feel free to add a few more commissioners to your list, while your at it. Lisa Goodman has costed me over $200 annually in tax hikes in the last couple years. She spends our money on everything - except for a stadium that will bring a huge boost to my neighborhood.

I'm gonna make a cheap assumption that you know nothing about the commissioners, or the the North Loop...if you did, you would know that the HERC doesn't smell at all. I'm really irked people who don't live near the site act like they know everything.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 1:43 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 78

I don't smell anything and it really IRKS me !!

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 3:16 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 79

Hey irked: Don't even think about dropping your principles and attending a game at Target Field come next spring. Be a man! Stand up for what you believe in! Stay home!

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 3:20 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 80

they installed the first couple of pieces of steel for the Club Level today. this spring and summer is gonna make for some excellent webcam watchin'!

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 3:32 PM by Don T Highlight this comment 81

If the HERC doesn't smell, why are they spending 2 1/2 million to stop it

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM by barret Highlight this comment 82

They aren't spending 2.5 million on the smell, barret; if you would actually read the article, you would realise that most of it is being spent on landscaping.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 4:26 PM by Jervill Highlight this comment 83

They're spending less than 500,000. And the HERC doesn't actually smell, the trucks going in and out smell.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 4:27 PM by A. Frohman Highlight this comment 84

Even then, at least the trucks coming out smell fine. You would have to be really close, or a very strong wind, to smell anything. When I was down taking some pictures, I tried really hard to get a whiff of something, even when a truck was leaving. And Nothing. They go inside to dump their load, and it seems to work really well. I have no concerns whatsoever about the garbage burner. I have a bigger concern about the look of the Target Center than the HERC plant.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 5:50 PM by Camden Pike Highlight this comment 85

I live 3 blocks from the HERC. Where do you live?

Who do you think has a more compelling argument?

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 9:21 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 86

who cares!!!!! get bent irked

when im in milwakee.... guess what stinks there???? MILWAKEE!!!!!

and i dont smell that town , I smell brats and kettle korn

just dont go, stay home and day dream of nick colman

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 08:42 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 87

Ha BOL at Maz. Great post. "Day dream of Nick Coleman"...I think a lot of Liberalasota does that unfortunately

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 10:26 AM by Max Highlight this comment 88

Maz - Drive to downtown Milwaukee...It smells bad, particularly on hot humid summer days. The stench from Miller Brewery, mixed with the smells from polluted lake Michigan...aaaaaah

As for the smells coming from the ballpark area, it's the smell of the bullshit spewing from Billy Smith's mouth...That's the only thing I can smell.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 10:40 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 89

Camden -- love your pictures! Keep up the good work.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 11:47 AM by Dave T Highlight this comment 90

First - Thanks Dave, I hope to get down there this weekend if the weather is nice again. (None of this cloudy muck).

Second - I second Kevin's take that Milwaukee smell's far worse.

Third - Just got some info from the Twins. Season Ticket pre-sale is March 2nd and 3rd. This allows the General Public for this year to open on March 7th, for those that are looking to say a final goodbye to the pit.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 12:08 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 91

I meant that if the smell of a ballpark can drown out the smell of milwakee then TF can take care of the smell from the trucks.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 92

thanks mazarati - i'll cross Milwaukee off my "places to visit" list...lol.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 4:30 PM by luke Highlight this comment 93

oh, and one more, not sure if anyone is interested, but Kevin Smith informs me that the infamous "golden seat" which is in left field at the Dome, where Puckett hit that Game 6 homer in the 91 series, will somehow be incorporated into Target Field, and they're looking for the best option to do so.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM by luke Highlight this comment 94

When are they going to release their 2009 promotional schedule? Anyone know?

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 9:07 PM by Jason Highlight this comment 95

probably around Mar 7, when single game tickets go on sale. that would be my guess.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 9:19 PM by luke Highlight this comment 96

I was just watching the WCCO morning show and the Twins will unveil the new Target Plaza design at 10 this morning. WCCO stated they will have the images up on their website at noon today.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 06:25 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 97

Rick, I can't seem to figure out how to make the new comments work. Do you have a quick explanation? Right now, the entire conversation is yellow each time I visit the site.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 09:47 AM by Help Highlight this comment 98

Keep your fingers crossed, ladies and gentlemen.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 09:48 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 99

Giant baseball bats!?! The concept barely changed!!!

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:24 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 100

Link to the Target Plaza story on the Twins website. The original concept didn't change that much from the "sneak" preview that Rick shared a few months back.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:30 AM by Mo Highlight this comment 101

i would like the bats a little more if they would cut their height in half.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:39 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 102

my fingers are still crossed that the bats wont be there

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 103

Doesn't it seem like the "canopy" takes up a lot of space that could be used for plaza activities?

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:45 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 104

Are you kidding me people?
Extension of the canopy motif, the spectacular night scene, lots of bench seating and unique greenery...other than the blatent target logos laid into the plaza tile, this is a home run. The bats do NOT ruin this plaza...they help bring it to life. I can't wait to turn the corner at 6th street and 1st ave that very first time.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:46 AM by JohnK Highlight this comment 105

Twinilves, you might be right, but can you share what activities you expect to take place? We have two large plazas flanking the Government center and ntohing ever goes on there. Peavy plaza is the go-to spot in this town and rightfully so considering its location. I just don't see a lot of non-game related activity going on here.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:49 AM by JohnK Highlight this comment 106

Does anyone else think that the wedge planter takes up some valuable space for the approach to the stadium from the southside/7th street part of the plaza? I have been by the site often, and there is not that much room as it is for people to cross from downtown to the ballpark on the plaza. I'm just thinking that with the inevitable situation of people standing around, walking slow, waiting to meet others, etc., that this is one huge pedestrian traffic jam in the making. I think that wasting real estate on the approach is only going to worsen this problem. Any thoughts?

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM by The Rational Actor Highlight this comment 107

I'm all for greenery on the plaza, just not the bats. Maybe some smaller greenery shaped like bats.

I was just referring to pre/post-game activities. Like the Famous Dave's vendor. Where is that going to play his bongos after games?

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:01 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 108

sorry, suppose to say "Where is that guy going to play his bongos after games"

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 109

I actually think it looks really cool...i like how the bats light up at night...and the recognition wall looks like it will be really nice...the target symbols aren't the greatest feature but i can live with it

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM by Erik Highlight this comment 110

It's like Target is trying to take all of the soul out of this place. The giant bullseyes are a joke.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 111

Lafferty - the bullseyes are on the ground. Are you really going to be impacted by that? Would plain concrete really add soul to the place?

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:31 AM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 112

If the concrete is the only place where the bullseye shows I don't see a problem. In the renderings they do look pretty understated. As long as they remain a shade of grey it's all good. If however, they become red, then everyone should be up in arm.s

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:41 AM by Mo Highlight this comment 113

There really seems to be a lot of items on this design that would change pieces of the plaza that are already done -- ie, the planter boxes in the middle, now there are many more, and the planters along the rail of the left side of the plaza.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:47 AM by IANatlChamps Highlight this comment 114

Iowa,

I thought the original concrete design was cooler. And no, it wasn't just concrete, it had a unique yet subtle design. (click link)

It's not really a big deal. I just hate Target and that stupid logo that will be plastered all over the park. To me, it cheapens the design.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:53 AM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 115

Looks ok, might end up being 20 years ahead of all other ballparks plaza's

if they keep the bullseye on the concrete im happy it will be covered with peanut shells and spilled beer, but it does look awful cramped...

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 116

I think the design looks fine. I think this is about as good we could expect considering target could have blatantly plastered their logo all over the place in light of their sponsorship deal. I like that night view, in particular. who is really going to notice those grey logos except from an aerial shot anyway. I like what they've done to make use of the parking lot wall.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:04 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 117

LOVE that the windscreen made it into the plan. That was my favorite part of it to begin with. Not only will it cover up that garage, it will be a remarkable piece of public art.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:12 PM by Dale Highlight this comment 118

I'm just getting back from the press conference and a quick walk-around tour. I'll have photos, video and commentary later tonight.

Overall, as has been pointed out, not much changed from the early bootleg drawings. It's a great concept, but I share some of the concerns I'm hearing here.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:27 PM by Rick 119

I was really hoping that those sneak peaks wouldn't make it through. I don't like the design of this plaza at all. To me, this design of the plaza looks cold, metallic, uninviting, and gray. Obscenely gray to be honest. This is a complete opposite of the rest of TF, in that the facade of TF is using natural limestone, which to me gives a very warm feeling to the park. Now they are going to put up forty foot tall metal bats and a wall of aluminum? I'm sorry but these additions to the plaza feel more like corporate gimmicks and less like the twins. I'm very curious as to what thousands of aluminum flaps in a strong breeze is going to sound like. I hope it looks better in person than in these renderings.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM by caleb Highlight this comment 120

Lafferty - I love Target so we will agree to disagree ;-)

I (too) don't like to see corporate logos all over the place. I think if they keep it this way and not have additional logos all over the plaza that it really won't be that bad.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:38 PM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 121

I am going to remain open-minded, but, I am concerned that the big hop bats are going to lose their novelty very quickly and are going to look dated and tacky. The big Target bullseyes will only really stand out in aerial shots. I guess I can live with that since they are footing the bill and they could have plastered the logo everywhere. Sure would have liked to see some player statuary instead of those bats. The windscreen should be cool - depending on how they use it.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:41 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 122

I like it. Lots of green (more than gray, caleb!). I was wondering why they have a bunch of the planter holes covered up -- they are going to fill them in. I don't think anyone will even realize the bats are bats. Up close they will basically be trees. The wedge planter has already been staked out. I don't think it will impede traffic much. I am still unsure where the skyway from the A garage over 7th St. will be. Can anyone enlighten me on how that will work? I assume it will come out of one of the elevator towers, but does anybody know for sure where it will be?

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:55 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 123

What is there to love about Target exactly? Just because it's a Minnesota company doesn't mean it's good.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:58 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 124

I wonder if Target will put their "bullseye" on the tarp that will cover the infield?

The tarp is another thing that will most likely be used for advertising.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:59 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 125

Just curious, what do you have against Target Lafferty?

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:00 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 126

What is there to hate about Target? I'm not trying to be combative, Laff, I'm honestly wondering why you dislike it so.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:02 PM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 127

no i think i can see the bullseye logo in that wind screen somewhere.. that would be bad

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:03 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 128

at least the Target logo isn't the Citi logo

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:08 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 129

Yeah, what the heck is all the Target hate about? They are the sponsor. Get used to it. How about we rant and rave about player salaries instead? How about how ugly some of the players are? Deal with what we’re dealt.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:10 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 130

Look, I'm from Venice, California. We hate big box corporate stores here because we cherish our local businesses. I'd rather pay a little extra at the drug store on Abbott Kinney Blvd. than get a deal at a Target or Wall-Mart.

I am so sick of seeing these type of stores in every single metropolitan area. It's gotten to the point where every suburb, and most large cities look the same. These areas lack character and charm, and I'm afraid Target is on the verge of ruining the things I love about Twins Field.

Just my two cents.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:16 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 131

Ok - I've had a chance to digest, and here's my quick assessment:

-The bats are "kitchy". But they could be worse, I suppose.
-The other greenery is nice. Hopefully they keep it looking nice year round - it would be a nice place to catch a lunchbreak on a sunny day.
-I don't like the logos on the ground, but this is much better than having a bunch of signs in our face. There's still a good chance they'll plaster Target signage around...just not in the drawings
-Why not match the color ways of the concrete floor to match the limestone? This could easily be updated/changed to compliment to park
-The windscreen is cool - but I hope it doesn't look really tacky in 5 years

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:17 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 132

Love the website and the pics. Just a thought on reusing the old Laker court; how about bar & table tops in the Town Ball Tavern? Also,I would really like to see overstory trees in large planters on the plaza. If the planters are large enough,and insulated and/or heated,the correct variety of tree should preform very well,and would help give the plaza a softer,"organic" ambiance.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM by mahogma Highlight this comment 133

The thing that seems weird to me about the Target logos on the ground is what do we do if they change their logo, merge, go under, or we change sponsorship after 25 years? I just don't think it's good to implant in stone a corporate logo anywhere especially the way logos are changing these days. Remember how no one thought cingular would change? The giant "bats" look horrible, maybe if they were 20 feet shorter it'd be ok.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:51 PM by Eric in TX Highlight this comment 134

Love the website and the pics. Just a thought on reusing the old Laker court; how about bar & table tops in the Town Ball Tavern? Also,I would really like to see overstory trees in large planters on the plaza. If the planters are large enough,and insulated and/or heated,the correct variety of tree should preform very well,and would help give the plaza a softer,"organic" ambiance.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:53 PM by mahogma Highlight this comment 135

Eric, the plaza doesn't have the Target logo on there yet so my guess is if they use pavers or stained concrete that it wouldn't be the hardest thing in the world to change. They will probably need to refinish it in 25 years either way

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:57 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 136

I was at Turner Field this past July where I've always heard how cool it was to come into Turner Field via their plaza. Often our stadium design is compared to that of the Braves home field. While it was nice, it was very normal. Very expected. Target Plaza is surprising and artistic and visually stimulating. It has so much more to offer than Turner Field's (minus a couple very nice statues) and I think we will look back at this banter in 1.2 years and be astonished at how petty we are being. The bullseyes look too big to really grasp standing on the plaza, and if the color doesn't totally match the limestone, do you think that will matter when you're sitting in section 220? No. In and of itself it should be an experience.

In regards to the windscreen, the only reservation I have is noise, but it's not like this is being built in the middle of a prairie. These are pieces of art just like the spoonbridge and cherry is art. That seems to be standing the test of time just fine.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 2:04 PM by JohnK Highlight this comment 137

maybe the windscreen will help drown out the noise from I-394

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 2:24 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 138

Have any of you actually seen hops grow?

I think they are going to look really cool. Hops are an amazing plant and tand to creep and run all over their supports. In the beginning of spring the supports will be smpty but by mid summer they should be full and covered with green. I'm really excited about the hops.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 3:30 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 139

All the plants are a great idea to break up the color of all the stone. I wish they would have released a image of the plaza connection to First Ave. I wonder if they are going to make it stand out against the surroundings or have it blend in. Also, we can't complain, few stadiums have dedicated entrances like this one. Who cares how beautiful your ballpark is if it is surrounded by parking lots like, LA, Angels, Philly, White Sox. Think of overhead shots during night games...this is one of those identifiers.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 3:52 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 140

I've got nothing against hops, Moda. I do a little home brewing and I love the little buggers. I'm just skeptical about the giant hop filled bats. Nine months out of the year those bats are going to be not-so green and plush.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 5:00 PM by LuckyLager Highlight this comment 141

Personally, I think the plaza design is a mixed bag. The windscreen sculpture will be amazing. The bats are strange, but not as strange as the enoumous baseball glove sculpture made of bronze. My overall concern with the plaza is that it is exceptionally busy. Considering much of the ballpark's beauty is in its simple graceful forms, this plaza seems like it was filled with as many different things as they could fit in there, but the elements don't necessarily relate to one another.

I walked down 6th street today to look at where the plaza extension to 1st avenue would go, and I noticed a great opportunity to connect the plaza to the NBA City Restaurant in the Target Center. They could have an entrance and outdoor seating on the plaza if it was designed right.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 5:05 PM by Andy Highlight this comment 142

I just noticed that glove, too, Andy. It looks odd, but if it makes it to the final design I'm sure there are plenty of random contests and give-aways that it can be used for. Maybe if a Twin hits a bomb that nails the Glove on the fly everyone gets free Grain Belt.

Sure, it seem like a reach, but I'm actually kind of serious. I wouldn't be surprised if in 18 months we have all come to love the plaza and that weird glove.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 5:18 PM by kumbaya Highlight this comment 143

As long as it means no milk carton sightings, I'll take the glove.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 6:22 PM by JohnK Highlight this comment 144

An interesting bit of information from MNPOST...
"Other plans for the space include nine 40-foot tall topiary frames, lit with LED lights and twisted with annual vines. (To the beer snobs among us: Plaza designer Tom Oslund said hops will be one of those vines.) Twins execs said a light demonstration will be part of the show when a Twins player — and only a Twins player — hits a home run."

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 9:22 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 145

Oh and this was quite funny to hear...
"In their initial presentations Wednesday, neither the Twins nor Target announced what the Plaza design will cost, or whether public money was being tapped. Target, remember, never revealed what it paid for the ballpark naming rights, an odd bit of secrecy for a public project of this magnitude. And last month, Target laid off 600 employees in the Twin Cities while reducing its work force by 9 percent. Furst asked how the companies could justify spending on frills at a time of economic crisis. Only then did Bell step in to estimate the design pricetag.

When Furst asked a follow-up later, Bell rebuked him for continuing to ask about costs and added, "Not every company is bankrupt," a shot at the Star Tribune's well-publicized financial woes. Many people cringed. Someone with a quick wit might have suggested the Twins spend less money on vines and veils and more on a third baseman, but that's for another story."

(Click link for full story)

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 9:24 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 146

I like minnpost. But I'd like to hear more examples of "the club's off-putting smugness about the ballpark project." The Twins are smug when it comes to TF? Maybe that's part of the reason this site is so popular?

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 11:52 PM by Abe Frohman Highlight this comment 147

Two more new sections are being built...one of the main grandstand and the upper level...it seems like there is a new section being built everyday....its so much fun to watch this thing grow and look more and more like a ballpark as each day passes!

Posted on February 13, 2009 at 11:21 AM by Erik Highlight this comment 148

Hey anyone know a good way to get into the B ramp. I'm probably going down there today coming from Washington Ave, and I got kind of paranoid I would go somewhere I'm not supposed to. Last time I just parked at C and walked over.

Posted on February 14, 2009 at 09:00 AM by Camden Highlight this comment 149

I am so excited - the countdown is now UNDER 400 days.

Posted on March 1, 2009 at 2:27 PM by luke Highlight this comment 150


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