Here are some pix I took at Twinsfest 2004. The team was showing a ballpark model for the first time, the same one which was being used to lobby the Legislature. Some concepts changed, some disappeared, some were refined. It's pretty interesting to look back a bit.
It's hard to know just what the team had in mind back then. The site had not been selected, but the Rapid Park site was in the mix because, in this design, the roof was to have retracted over the HERC plant.
If you still think that a roofed ballpark would have been better, take a look at these images and you'll see some of the insane compromises which would have been necessary. (Click on any image for a larger version.)
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.
Two concepts here remain in the final design. First is the oddly-shaped pavilion in center. Second is the section just above the right field fence. In the current design this section will hang over the field by a few feet. The original doesn't do that, but you can see that the concept goes way back in the planning.
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
I think that gets all of my model-related pictures out. I have a couple more shots of the interim version (the one between these two), but it was all white and really used just to work out concepts on the various sections.
Before I post again I'll check the archives to see what else may be hanging around back there...
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Met Stadium seat colors (click for the complete image)
Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
The view from section 210
Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?
The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.
A little more imaginative is the circulation building for Northstar.
Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)
The official ballpark development area
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Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
This is during halftime.
Suite level view
Ready for action.
The visitor's clubhouse at Target Field. (Photo by Javen Swanson)
A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets
You write the caption...
At the end of the balcony you can see down the promenade.
Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite
Some brick work out in the centerfield pavilion.
Steps going up at Gate 29/Carew
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
A Hrbek tribute wall marks the end of the Carew side of the club
Night (about the 7th inning)
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)