This is not exactly something I ever expected to be doing, but I've been working my way through the Environmental Impact Statement for the ballpark project. This is one very dry document, but if you're willing to sift through all the boring stuff, you never know when you're going to find something really interesting:
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)
Ballpark elevation viewed from Seventh Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)
So, what does it look like to you?
I gotta say that it looks like a ballpark to me -- I mean a real, modern, attractive ballpark. It doesn't look like an office building, or a retail store, or a mall, or something institutional. And it also doesn't look any other ballpark out there. It actually looks to me like the first of a new breed rather than the last gasp of the old. It looks like the first truly 21st-century baseball stadium.
Also buried within the text is a detail which is still not seen in any of the renderings, but could be the dramatic element I've been yearning for:
Two towers with decorative lighting may be located on the outside edge of the Ballpark in line with the foul lines, one adjacent to the 6th Street N. bridge entrance and one near the LRT station at 5th Street N. They would measure 25 feet by 25 feet by 300 feet.
A pair of large, decorative towers! Vertical elements! Twins! Could that really be a possibility?
To put it in perspective after looking at the new elevation drawings (which conveniently contain scale indicators), these decorative towers would be about twice the height of the rest of the ballpark, soaring up into the sky. It's an amazing idea, and let's hope it makes the final cut.
Now I really want to keep reading this 350-page document, but I have to take some time to digest these new images...
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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
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
(Click to enlarge greatly)
This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.
Work going on under the steel.
Large staircases, a staple of recent Populous (nee HOK) projects, are all over the place.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
A mural featuring the names of a bunch of Minnesota towns.
More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.
Circulation ramps: Wrigley (classic, integrated) and Kauffman (modern, external)
A closer look at the louvers
What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.
There are some great banners on fencing down Target Way. I'm not sure just who sees them.
Click to see the full-size image.
From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.
This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.
Items promoting the Twins 2014 All-Star Game bid. I got to bring one of these buckets home, and Noah got his first-ever taste of Cracker Jacks.
LRT throngs after the game
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)
This is the actual entrance for Gate 6. Notice how close the seating will be. The back row of the lower deck will be mere inches beyond that inner support post.
Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.
The first completed mural
Love the red flowers -- just like the original concept drawings. That NEVER happens.
A last look on the way out.
This looks up Fifth Street (LRT train visible in the distance). This bridge is also being partially rebuilt (see next photo).
A very unique space
A very unique space
Notice that the wooden-backed club seats are now covered by a green tarp for protection from the elements.