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Model Details - Part 3

January 20, 2008 9:47 PM

This is the third in a short series of photo sets from the unveiling of the nearly-finished ballpark model back in October. You can see it for yourself at Twinsfest. (Click any image to enlarge greatly.)

As you look at these, keep in mind that the outfield stands have gone through the most changes since the original concept drawings. Much of this was simply to add seating out there -- a goal which Dave St. Peter said publicly on plenty of occasions.

Since these photos were taken, it's entirely possible that things have continued to evolve. This is one area where I'll be looking closely at the model the next time I see it.

Outfield overview

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).


Outfield overview

Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.


Outfield overview

This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.


Outfield overview

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...

Tomorrow we'll look at some of the streetscapes in greater detail.

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Thanks for all of the pictures. This is great!

One thing I haven't noticed at all is the tarp for the infield. Is that in any of the pictures? We will actually need one of those finally!

Posted on January 20, 2008 at 10:08 PM by Brandon Highlight this comment 1

I have no specific info on the tarp for the Twins park, but a lot of these new stadiums don't actually store them on the field... Check out this pic of Petco - no tarp is visable, as it's stored underneath the grandstand somehow.

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 1:22 PM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 2

Sorry to do a threadjack, but Dave has updated his blog, this time it concerns the future of Twins Fest. In the middle of the post, he proposes some alternative venues for the event.

What do you guys think the new venue should be?

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 4:37 PM by Pikachu732001 Highlight this comment 3

It should stay at the Dome as long as it's standing and operating, nobody else is using it during that part of January. If the dome is ever demolished, I would say have it at Target Center. By then the Twolves should be gone or at least been asked to leave by the good basketball fans of MN.

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 6:09 PM by kevin in mn Highlight this comment 4

The tarps at Petco are stored under the left field and right field corner outside of the foul line. The wall comes off and the tarps roll out. Part of the reason they did this is because they rarely need to use tarps in San Diego.

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 6:44 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 5

This is a link to a scale model of Cincinnats old Crosley field made by a guy named Mike Weaver. Very nice detail too. I wish I could've have seen a game there. Click on my name for the link.

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 7:16 PM by John Highlight this comment 6

Just a note to my above link, for those not familar with Crosley Field, the model represents the park in it's final configuration. Like many of the ballparks built in the early 1900's it was enlarged over the years and it originally had a brick facade that was painted white in an attempt to give it a facelift in it's last decade or two.

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 7:35 PM by John Highlight this comment 7

I have seen that Crosley model (it is/was at the Reds HOF/museum at Great Amreican), and it is amazingly detailed. Thanks for the link...

Posted on January 22, 2008 at 08:53 AM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 8


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The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.



Topped off.



Hops! (conceptual only)



Seat logos in place



The Ballpark Wall! (really stunning)



Touring the Rapid Park site (L-R: Commissioners Wade, Vekich, Sykora, Cramer, and tour guide Chuck Ballentine, source: RP)



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The rules were clearly posted next to this new entry point on the Seventh Street side. I have no problem with the rules!



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The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)



Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)



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Section A, Row WC



The action drew everybody to the top step. (Click to enlarge greatly.)






The littlest Twins fan: Truman



First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.



"Hey, Ma, it says here we go in at gate 34. Must be all the way around on the other side!" Seriously, though, this is a really inspired idea.



I don't think this will remain a knothole, but the view is pretty cool.



Oh no! Beach ball! But click to enlarge so you can see the wide range of expressions on people's faces. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)



A sampling of seats at Fenway Park





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