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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Trees now line Seventh Street
A classic profile on the horizon
LRT station has appeared.
A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.
Finally, a night game image -- complete with fireworks! (OK, it's either a construction photo which has been Photoshopped, or some lucky photographer spent the Fourth of July in the upper deck watching the fireworks over the river. Cool either way.)
Click to enlarge greatly.
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...
Instrument of evil.
The view through a construction "knothole".
This is amazingly close to completed. It's a short tunnel entrance ramp to 394 underneath the outfield stands.
The first completed mural
The completed promenade
Go get 'em, boys!
The closed concession stand.
Staircase entrance. You cannot miss them.
This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.
B ramp glimpse
Close-up on the diagram of the Club Level with finishing materials (click to enlarge)
Mary Larson (left), a music teacher from Maple Grove, was a TwinsFest SSB winner and got to sing the anthem before the game.
Gate 29 Carew (note the walkway above open to the street where you can shout down at your lost friends to tell them where to meet you)
Believe it or not, the actual outfield wall will be about where this fence is now!