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Let It Pour!

January 23, 2008 10:52 AM

We'll return to model talk later tonight, but here's a quick photo from this morning:

Pouring cement

It was just after 8:00 AM, about 10 degrees above absolute zero, and crews began pouring the first concourse floor. They pealed back a portion of the chain link fence so the media could peek through:

Media peeking at the pouring

And just before my fingers completely froze solid, I snapped a couple of cool crane shots:

Ballpark crane

The pouring is taking place at the very bottom of this photo.


Ballpark crane

For those who have never seen it up close, that's what it looks like when steam comes out of the HERC plant.

When the place is finished, there won't be much activity there on a day like today. But this morning there were guys in hard hats crawling all over the tundra. You just gotta respect that.

Thanks, chilly construction dudes, for working out in the cold just to make sure the place opens for baseball on time in April of 2010!

Frigid ballpark building


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Oh happy day!

Posted on January 23, 2008 at 1:02 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 1


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Hey! That limestone looks familiar!



The lot within the lot.



Friendly faces greet you right inside the door of the Legends Club.



Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.



A very busy place, as viewed from Target Center.



The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.






Plaza signage



Club Level






These openings will facilitate access to the catwalks which run throughout the canopy.






The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)






A mysterious smile from within a very deep planter!



Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Fifth Street louvers way up close






The Carew lounge was all ready for some corporate event.






No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...



Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.






The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)



Actual LRT tracks are now in the street, and buses now pass over them before entering the transit hub.






Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Walkway entrance from ramp






The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!



Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)



Dome, what have you taken from us?



I suppose that one day my son will graduate from Mrs. Fields to Hooters. At least he won't have to travel too far. *Shudder*



Um, I think that guy is out.












TCF Bank Stadium. Not for baseball, but still pretty cool to watch being built.



Larry DiVito takes a last check of everything before the game starts



A whole bunch of guys working on something.






Future station?



A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets



The Northstar stop has a name.



Welding workers



Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).



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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

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NYS - New Yankee Stadium

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STH - Season Ticket Holder

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