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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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The big glove will go on that circle. Note the gap between the plaza and the ramp. That's 394 you can see through there.



Trees now line Seventh Street



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



Work on the pavilion in center.



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The rendering which excited a fan base! (Inset is an enlargement of the pictured neon sculpture.)






That's Tony Oliva checking out ballpark construction from the roof of Target Center.



Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6



Main ticket window area






Twins president Dave St. Peter presents his list of fan suggestions to the Ballpark Authority



Wow! Looking good.



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Train. (What is it about baseball and trains?)



Installation in action (Home Plate Box)



No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.



Detail of view to the northeast (Source: LP)



Instrument of evil.






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1885 Sanborn Map Image (Source: Sanborn Map Collection, Minneapolis Public Library, Copyright © 2001 by The Sanborn Map Company, Sanborn Library, LLC)



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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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