Taking a trip down to the ballpark between appointments this afternoon was a spontaneous decision which reaped some surprising rewards.
It has seemed for months now like all we can do is wait for the gates to swing open, that there was nothing left to discover from the sidewalks. Well, wrong.
After reporting here on numerous occasions that there were no knotholes from which any part of the action could be seen, lo and behold I found one.
It's pretty tiny, part of the Oliva gate area. In fact, though I didn't measure it very scientifically, I discovered that moving my camera about six inches one way or the other was enough to make it disappear. So, if you can't get a ticket, find that foot of gatespace and claim it for your own.
Just don't get your hopes up because there's a lot of concourse and standing room between that gate and the action. Odds are quite high that if you stand here during a game, you'll be looking at asses.
For reference, here's what you'll see through the long-touted "official" knotholes:
Knothole non-view #1
Knothole non-view #2
But there were other things to discover.
The circulation building is such a distinctly separate part of the design, that it never occurred to me that it could contain any ballpark operations. But lo and behold, there are ticket windows -- warm, climate-controlled ticket windows, behind that glass.
In fact, here's some of that climate control now:
Stay warm while buying tickets.
Directly above this scene, furniture has gone in on the Town Ball Tavern balcony.
Town Ball Tavern balcony
Now that the barricades are gone, there's lots to see behind the Oliva gate.
Heaters over standing room (the backs of the retired number circles visible above)
Note the speakers hanging beneath that deck
It's so great to see TC caps walking around down there. If you haven't taken a sidewalk tour, now's the time.
"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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"Original" or "Dinger" Dog
Skinny dugouts at TF
New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)
Opening day, 2010
The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.
Remember the pitch heard throughout Twins Territory? What an amazing day that was, April 12, 2010. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Good seats, but no scoreboard or sky.
Town Ball Tavern balcony
Artist at work
There must be millions of details needing tending
Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
One more time from the third base side.
Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)
The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.
New section labels, but some curious choices.
Do you need to know the score?
This gate opens onto Seventh Street from the circulation ramps, but it appears to actually be an entrance gate, rather than an exit gate. It has something of a Bat Cave feel about it because it's not a gate proper, but an area of louvers that will swing in, virtually disappearing when closed...
Artist at (very painstaking) work
New Concept Drawing - No Roof
With the engine behind us, we got a real sense of how fast we were going by looking out the front (back) window
Killebrew's mammoth shot on June 3, 1967 is currently memorialized on a wall at the Mall of America
Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.
Dome, what have you taken from us?
Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew
Upper deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
Main ticket window area
Very nice Admin glass.
Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.
Print press box
Is it possible to take a bad picture of this building?
Reverse stairway view
From the ground beneath the troubled skyway.
4th inning in the nearly deserted Home Run Porch View Level in left.