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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 Switch



Is it possible to take a bad picture of this building?



From behind the wind veil



Overview of the storage tracks.






Outside, lots of window space



This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).



Some people will go to work here every day.



At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.






Shh. Don't tell those people working behind the ticket windows about these automated ticketing machines (underneath the plaza stairs)






Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.






One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.



Believe it or not, the actual outfield wall will be about where this fence is now!



This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.



Justin Morneau, mobbed after a game-winning homer on June 9



Above the Carew gate



20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.



It looks like the Target-themed signage has spilled out to the surrounding area (this was taken from the entryway to the B ramp from Third -- the 394 entrance ramp tunnel)



Harmon Killebrew



Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.



World Series trophies on display at left












The alumni band sounded great.






The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002



The right field overhang is in place, and the first base stands are starting to go in.



Legends Club fireplace (there are two)



I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?






Click to see the full-size image.



Impractical, expensive, undeniably cool (Angel Stadium, source LP)






B ramp glimpse



That's Noah and my brother, Chris, checking out the Loge Box amenities



...but you can get a feel for what it will be like.



Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)






Entrance to the Champions Club



I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?



I love these upper neighborhoods.












Gate 6 is quite large



This maze of scaffolding is something you'll probably never see again.


Glossary

BPM - Ballpark Magic

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

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

TF - Target Field

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