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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A spot that's always full!
Now we know what the English phone booths were for...
This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.
That's my mom. She scored the whole game on her Gameday program (bought for just $1 on the opening night special -- thanks guys!)
This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.
Bassett Creek's original path (Source: Metropolitan Design Center)
Instrument of evil.
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.
Here's the view of the entrance ramp to 394. Looks like they are painting...
The circulation ramp on the north now has its louver framing.
Print press box
Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
Also warming things up are these planters.
Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)
This mural is behind the staircase. The window looks onto the promenade, and the door goes to a kitchen.
This looks south and shows how the Northstar tracks are sheltered by the promenade above. This is the side which faces the HERC plant.
Citi Field as viewed from Shea.
Press box, hallway to the print room
A spectacular golden hour
Go get 'em, boys!
Here's a quick look into the layout of the Metropolitan Club.
Larry DiVito, mowing
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place
Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Earl Santee, principle architect for HOK Sport, presents some concepts while Mike Opat listens
Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.