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.)
Only $22 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.
"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 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)
Nine spots for hops bats.
Mary Larson (left), a music teacher from Maple Grove, was a TwinsFest SSB winner and got to sing the anthem before the game.
A final glimpse from the street of stadia installation along the left field line
This is also the promenade, where the first indications of the final texture of the walkway can be seen. This layer of concrete is going on top of gravel (as has been done over on the plaza).
Larry DiVito, mowing
A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon
A familiar view through the top floor elevator lobby window in ramp B (HRP View and Terrace).
The green in question (click for very large version)
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.