July 29, 2008 1:55 AM
The sun was stubbornly hazy, so I spent a fair amount of time just standing and looking suspicious to the cop having a smoke across from the ballpark tonight.
He didn't seem to care that I was taking pictures, but disappeared into the parking ramp when his break was over. He might have been watching for skyway photo bandits like me. I don't know. But I didn't go in.
The limestone has reached up toward the top in a very specific section. It has not migrated any further. This is easy to understand once you realize that the "crawling" crane which hoists the panels can only move once a complete section is done.
Since the main grandstand is still taking shape as you move from right to left, it's easy to see that the grandstand has to reach its full height before limestone panels can go on. Ergo, this one area has now reached its full external height ("canopy" excluded, of course).
The press documentation for the first limestone panel installation says, "The walls are designed to emulate the naturally exposed ledges of stone visible along the banks of the Mississippi River."
This seems reasonable, but I felt it was worth checking out. Noah and I took a long drive up and down the West River Road looking for some naturally exposed ledges for comparison. They were somewhat sparse.
But just as we got to the top of the road (it ends temporarily while construction is completed on the new 35W bridge), I saw something useful:
I'm not a geologist, but there's definitely a resemblance.
What interested me more about this particular spot is how oblivious the Weisman Art Museum (shiny building) is to its surroundings. Rather than harmonizing with, well, anything around it, the architect has chosen to create a building which says, "Look at me -- only me! -- hey! are you looking at something else, bluff boy? trees? brick? the river? -- get over it! I'm here now!"
Of course, much the same can be said for pretty much any one of Gehry's buildings. I do not like them. (Could you tell?)
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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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Up close, this is what you'll see as you walk along.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
This would be a beautiful streetscape if there were ANY people.
Here's an idea of what these Loge Boxes are all about. That guy is a waiter with no fans to serve. They seemed to have one server for about every four boxes.
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
Seventh Street circulation
Walkway construction is progressing
Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
A few weeks ago there were sand volleyball courts here. When the park opens, this will be surface parking. Maybe one day there will be something more interesting built on top of that parking...
The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)
Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...
Wind veil framing (from the inside)
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.
The scoreboard terminates the view on Fifth Street as seen from Hennepin
End of the line.
An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)
Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.
Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?
Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.
If you want, you can ask those folks how the game is going -- and even get a little bit of info from the big screen (Grandstand)
Section 237, Row 15 (top of the Trap)
Gate 34 Puckett
Not my actual kids!
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
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures