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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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They could not help the Twins on this night.



Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.









Gate 29 Carew



A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.



This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.






We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.






Off-topic, but this gigantic, cool, retro sign is just across the street from S&CH. Why? I don't know. Might look nice on top of one of those municipal parking ramps...






I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.















OK, just how many servings per container?



Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.















The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)



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)









2007, Noah's first game (Torii's last)



Click to see the full-size image.









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.



Sharing and Caring Hands, as viewed from the ballpark site about a block away. Note transaction in progress in the shadows.



The bridge is Seventh Street.






This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.



From the roof of the B ramp, you can see just how futile it will be to get a glimpse of the action.



Roll-up metal doors visible at right.



Plaza signage



Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)



Here's the Northstar platform.



It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.









The New as viewed from The Old.






The visitor's clubhouse at Target Field. (Photo by Javen Swanson)



From the Downtown Council's 2025 Plan, a Metrodome "Revelopment" and a strong indication of where they think a new Vikings stadium should go.



Better them than me


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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

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