March 31, 2010 12:25 PM
Let's just look at this ballpark a little bit.
I made a bunch of notes on Saturday of things to discuss, but I'd rather just look.
Who could possibly have guessed, as recently as five years ago, that there would ever be baseball in that old rail yard?
And that people would come by the thousands...
What can you see from up there? Some say not much.
...that bands would play...
...and food and beverage would be consumed...
Discovered on the upper concourse!
...that there would be places to sit...
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...and places to stand...
...and that there would be a way to see even the things you cannot see (or would like to see again).
The angle on the main scoreboard from the Batter's Eye is surprisingly good -- acceptable, at least.
I can't wait to see Our Team take the field here.
Back to Business
(Shaking head to return to reality.)
It's long been suggested that "hey, we should all get together!" Well, what better place to do it than at the ballpark? And what better place at the ballpark than the Overlook?
For those who are (like me) somewhat section-name-challenged (what the hell is a Terrace versus a Box versus a Deck versus a Porch anyway?), the Overlook is the part that sticks out over Michael Cuddyer's head, and it's one of the best deals -- economically speaking -- in the whole park. The seats, which are virtually impossible to come by, are only $22.
Well, TC Traders was able to come up with 59 seats in the overlook for the game against the Tigers on Tuesday, May 4 (special thanks to one of our ninjas for making this possible). I'm going to eat all of the processing charges and sell these tickets to you at exactly their face value.
The only catch is that I reserve the right to review the sales to make sure we've got actual site regulars instead of one-off scalpers. (You don't have to be a regular poster, but if I don't recognize your name, I may contact you by email just to verify your credentials.)
Here's how you can get your tickets:
Announcing BallparkMagic Night at Target Field
Come and see the Overlook (section 136) with your fellow fans! 59 tickets have been reserved in the first five rows just for us and are being sold here exclusively at face value with no fees! (We can talk later about where to meet before the game.)
per ticket! (limit of 4 per person)
There wasn't a big announcement, just a few mentions buried in the 1000-plus comments for the last post, but TC Traders is now up and running at full speed:
These tickets are listed by regular visitors here with the idea that everybody gets a chance to see a game from wherever they please, without having to pay scalpers or the scalper-like "convenience charges" of other ticket services.
Not everything is being sold at face value (though some are pretty close), but you should be able to save some real money over the other options out there. In many cases, tickets are being listed by season ticket holders, so delivery by email is available. As I write, there are 125 listings, totaling 377 tickets available.
You can browse tickets by game (and very soon by section as well) and make an offer on anything you see. Some members will consider trades of your tickets for theirs. You don't need to be a member to buy tickets, but if you plan to buy more than once, becoming a member will probably save you some money. Non-members pay a flat transaction fee of $12.95 for each purchase. Memberships with unlimited transactions (and no additional charges of any kind) start at just $29 per year.
Being a member has the additional benefit of giving you 48 hours for an exclusive first look at all tickets that are listed. After that time, they become available to anyone.
The other day a friend remarked with a sigh that, "I guess our days of easy access to Twins tickets are over." Well, that's what TC Traders is intended to alleviate. It's my hope that everybody can see a game from wherever they like this year, and I believe that we have enough folks here with spare tickets to make that possible.
If you have questions about this service, please feel free to contact me directly. I will continue working on enhancements over the coming weeks, and who knows what other features we'll be dreaming up.
More to Come
I'll leave you with one more opportunity to drool.
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This page was last modified on March 31, 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 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.
Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".
A collection of support pillars for the left field pavilion.
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction
Rally Hanky (2002 ALCS)
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
Puckett atrium menu part 2 (Those prices match elsewhere in the ballpark.)
Another over-my-head shot
Viewed from a different angle, it seems fair to wonder is some of those seats will have slightly obscured views. Yet, if they're cheap, that's not a problem.
One more time from the third base side.
Our conductor in Big Lake
An ice cream salad cone -- er, Walk-a-Taco
For executive entertaining
B ramp at left, ballpark at right (and visible far away through the tiny crack)
This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.
Two train stations
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
Near the end of the Angels' 4-run second inning.
The blue line now indicates where the back of the accessible seating ends and standing room begins.
The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
Looking up Seventh Street to the west
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".
Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
The Puckett Atrium
This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
There must be millions of details needing tending
A sidewalk has sprouted between the HERC and the LRT tracks!
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
OK, people are definitely riding their bikes to games! (Photo by Tim Davis, courtesy MBA)
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