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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Guthrie Theater (original design colors)
20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
Dave St. Peter introducing the first physical models of the ballpark in June 2007
Main ticket window area
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Justin Morneau, mobbed after a game-winning homer on June 9
Our conductor in Big Lake
To the left, out of view, was a row of guys in very nice suits. Most I did not recognize.
Gate 3 "Killebrew"
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
Not me, but it might as well be.
This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!
The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!
Nuts on Clark (a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field)
Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)
Peering through Gate 34
Up inside the circulation building. (That's the LRT platform visible through the windows.)
This was billed as a diagram of a super-suite. I'm not quite sure just where this (or these) will be located.
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
A very unique 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).
The season was perfectly bookended by Mick Sterling on the plaza
Section 125, Row 1
I know you've seen this, but I can't get enough of it.
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