March 4, 2010 11:18 PM
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.
TC caps everywhere! (Is that you?)
More from my tour tomorrow.
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"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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Guthrie Theater (original design colors)
20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
Dave St. Peter introducing the first physical models of the ballpark in June 2007
Main ticket window area
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Justin Morneau, mobbed after a game-winning homer on June 9
Our conductor in Big Lake
To the left, out of view, was a row of guys in very nice suits. Most I did not recognize.
Gate 3 "Killebrew"
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
Not me, but it might as well be.
This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!
The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!
Nuts on Clark (a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field)
Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)
Peering through Gate 34
Up inside the circulation building. (That's the LRT platform visible through the windows.)
This was billed as a diagram of a super-suite. I'm not quite sure just where this (or these) will be located.
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
A very unique space
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
The season was perfectly bookended by Mick Sterling on the plaza
Section 125, Row 1
I know you've seen this, but I can't get enough of it.
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