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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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Seventh Street circulation



Met Stadium on May 17, 1975 (Twins vs. Brewers featuring Hank Aaron)









This is where the plaza meets First Avenue



Washington



Photo by Tyler Wycoff






Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)



This will be a bar/restaurant.



More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.



Bird's-eye view of the trees



Lots of sun, but not much scoreboard from 127






Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)






Harmon Killebrew



This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.






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Night (about the 7th inning)



From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.



Party deck












OK, it doesn't really look like that at all...






Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.






Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)



That is pretty close... (Grandstand)






A view of construction from the B ramp. This looks toward Seventh Street, over what will be Gate 34 (the main entrance).



Now from the inside looking at the same area.






More flowers, more pennants.



I took this picture just moments before Morneau's homer landed almost exactly where I had been standing. If only I hadn't wanted to watch the game...






This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.






Click to enlarge greatly.



Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?






Our engineer.



The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.



Looking up toward Sixth Street.



B ramp improvements are finally becoming usable. The doors lead to the plaza beneath the skyway steps.



Lots of people are doing it.


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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

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

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