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.
119 recent recognized visitors, including: Ben, br, Expectorate, F_T_K, fiesta, gogotwins, jared, jctwins, Jeepboy, Jfh, Jlh, Jorge, Jp, Leroy, luke, N.D. "Rube", NewGuy, ole, Paul, Rick, Steve, terry, TheTruthHurts, Tom D., Winona Mike
This page was last modified on January 21, 2010.
"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 3004 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
The lot within the lot.
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
Fun with section counting!
A desolate Marquette Ave
The wall of brands at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley (Source: RP)
The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing
Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway
This will be a bar/restaurant.
The green in question (click for very large version)
His body language might as well be the box score.
Harmon is visible (barely) at the very center of the crowd.
Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
From the ground beneath the troubled skyway.
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
The entrance at Gate 3.
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Click to enlarge.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
This would be easy to miss, but I found it on a cart located directly behind the Batter's Eye seating on the upper concourse in center field.
Detail of the Puckett wall hanging
The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)
Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".
Serious home dugout work in progress.
Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.
The Metrodome has sure been tarted up.
From behind the wind veil
Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.
The base of the old Met Stadium flagpole. (The plaque refers to the "Flame of Freedom" and not the origin of the pole.)