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.
"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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Gate 29 Carew
Three weeks ago this was a patch of scruffy trees. Now it's a patio. In case you were wondering, that's where I've been...
A view into the Legend's Club
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Also from the B ramp entrance off of Third, a look up at the tiny crack between ballpark and parking ramp
Double plays will be turned here.
Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction
The equivalent spot on the model.
Then you turn around to this!
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.
CBP: retro in facade only
T is for Twins
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
This was billed as a diagram of a super-suite. I'm not quite sure just where this (or these) will be located.
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
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The Puckett Atrium
The Pantheon (with inset of the magic eye)
Photo by Jared Wieseler
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
Eleven flag poles
The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.
Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
Hardware in the window! (But why are there three trophies? 1924?)
This looks toward the middle of the park. The third base side of the Legends Club is to the right up ahead, while the 573 Club is just barely visible at the end of the hallway. It extends to the left.
Here's an idea of what these Loge Boxes are all about. That guy is a waiter with no fans to serve. They seemed to have one server for about every four boxes.