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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!

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Steel going up fast.



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World Series trophies on display at left



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



Tony Oliva, R. T. Rybak and Mike Opat



7:32 PM Glare begins at about the left field foul pole.



Saints between innings



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Detail enclosing the main ticket window area



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Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.



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Flowers. Real flowers.






A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



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Home plate mount from Met Stadium (Source: LP, courtesy Clyde Doepner)






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












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