April 2, 2008 2:18 PM
The more I think about this, the more I like it. I really like it. It's almost perfect.
If the team really is going to name the ballpark Land O' Lakes Field (or "Park" -- second best option, I think), it will be among the classiest names in sports. It ties smartly to the city, the state, the character of the region & team, and it is a corporate entity who is at least not among the soulless (and whose butter makes the best shortbread imaginable).
Best of all, it doesn't quite sound like a corporate name. It's a name you might actually choose even if there weren't a company paying you to do so (unlike, say, "U. S. Cellular Field" or "Citizens Bank Park" or about a dozen others I could name).
After watching many teams fumble so many aspects of ballpark building in the last 15 years, I started this blog with a fear that the Twins were at risk of falling down all the same traps (especially with HOK manning the engine room). But if that's the name they put on the beautiful ballpark they're building, they will have successfully avoided one of the worst pitfalls. I say, bravo! -- if it turns out to be true, of course.
Rational Actor has a good point in a comment to my previous post. Anybody trying to cash in on the naming of the ballpark by registering domains that the team might want later will find themselves rudely awakened. Cybersquatting is against the law, and the team could bring legal action against anyone who did such a thing. That means you won't make a dime, and you'll probably have to pay a lawyer. It's NOT a good idea.
But that makes the registration of landolakesfield.com and landolakespark.com by the team that much more interesting. Alex B. correctly points out that corporate entities often buy up many possible domains while contemplating branding decisions. So the next step in the detective work would be to locate all the domains registered to the team. Anybody know how to do that? (I don't think such a search of the whois database is publicly available, but maybe there are private entities...)
For the record, I own KillebrewField.com, and it's pointed to this site. It's not cybersquatting if there's no chance in hell that the team will select the name you registered... And I mean no disrespect to Harmon, of course. If he wants that domain someday for something, of course he can have it. I'll admit, however, that "Killebrew Field at Land O' Lakes Park" also has quite a nice ring to it!
Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press reports that Delaware North will be getting the concession gig:
Look for Delaware North soon to be named concessionaire for the Twins' new ballpark, scheduled to open in 2010. Delaware North is concessionaire for Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Miller Park in Milwaukee, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Progressive Field in Cleveland, Comerica Park in Detroit and Petco Park in San Diego.
If you're in the Elk River area, you can hear Dave St. Peter talk ballpark next Wednesday at the American Legion. More info here.
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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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Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?
The field will feel very close.
A very busy place, as viewed from Target Center.
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
The HERC promenade side.
Click to see the full-size image.
Sign installer dude
Fenway has posts. Target Field does not. But...
A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
A very early vision for TF's main concourse
I realized I've never shown how the walkway over Seventh Street meets the A ramp
The visitor's clubhouse at Target Field. (Photo by Javen Swanson)
Red is old Yankee Stadium. This diagram comes from FieldOfSchemes.com
Dome, what have you taken from us?
Looking up Seventh Street (click to see what it looked like from the same spot in 1950)
Trees now line Seventh Street
The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)
Saints between innings
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
The sculpture on which millions of kids will one day pose.
A photo taken as my meter ran out.
Clyde Doeppner proudly displays colored bricks he scavenged from the Met during its demolition. These are the colors in question!
His body language might as well be the box score.
The entry from the platform to the ballpark.
Dugout Box and Champion's Club sections are sequestered by separate moats
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place
I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)
From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.
This is the Metropolitan Club as viewed from the future Ballpark Authority office space.
I didn't check the menu too closely, but it looks like all the standard fare is available, and not much of the non-standard stuff.
I suppose that one day my son will graduate from Mrs. Fields to Hooters. At least he won't have to travel too far. *Shudder*
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