I'm taking notes at the model unveiling and figured I'd just post them as I go along for those who may be interested.
Opat is up first.
(By the way, you can watch live on public access...)
Rick Johnson, rep for the county is putting things in context. This is the "final check-off" for the county with regards to the design.
Earl Santee is up next. He will "walk through" the model changes.
In the room: Bell, St. Peter, BPA members, Mortenson people.
- Pedestrian bridge front and center "Sixth Street Bridge"
- Landscape features, "Basca trees"(?)
- Can watch the game for free from the bridge
- Windows at the street level around the park
- "crowned with this strong canopy"
- Canopy gives "shelter" in the upper deck
- Landscape along the promenade
- LRT "Ballpark Station" 40 feet from rail to seating
- Fifth St facade, more animation provided by "pictograph elements"
- History of site, trains, baseball in Mpls
- Additonal seats in "left field porch"
- Batters Eye club gone, outfield seating all connected
- Entertainment zone for kids in the outfield
- Question about the color of the canopy, Santee says "champagne" will be the color, golden tone, complimentary to the stone
- Lights all in canopy or above the scoreboard
- Lighting is "appriproaite for this buildong"
- Renderings show the final config without the Batter's Eye Club
- Model not yet up to date
Video is quite illuminating. Hopefully this will be available on the Twins site soon...
- At least two parts of the outfield seating hang over the field!
- Planting area spans the outfield wall (did I hear that right?)
- Five entrances, five retired numbers
The commissioners apparently have to vote on approval of the design. They intend to do so next week, and Santee says that this IS the design. Tweaks are possible, but for all intents and purposes, this is it. (What does this mean?)
Sounds like HOK has to deal with suggestions from everywhere -- including county commissioners. Wow.
Dorfman is asking about landscaping.
Santee says they are focusing on pedestrian experience. He says the model shows the landscaping from a "planning perspective." Dorfman is concerned that there aren't enough trees. "This still looks pretty stark over here." (Referring to the garbage burner side.)
"Buffer to the HERC plant."
"Baseball is a spring-to-fall sport."
Opat points out that we're talking about the $390MM part, not the infrastructure portion.
"It's important to note what we cannot afford any longer." Opat with regard to land acquisition cost.
McLaughlin mentions that there's a balance going on between using the max space for the building and landscaping. Things like the Cedar Lake bike trail take up space.
Ther is an issue with "elevator redundancy" from the Northstar platform to the ballpark. Must be only one elevator. OK, this is certainly a problem, but has nothing to do with baseball...
"There's not going to be the italian sausage salesman here that you have up at Fenway..." McLaughlin, with regard to neighborhood atmosphere.
Bike racks on the promenade.
Are their security issues with the bike trail buried so deep in a tunnel beneath the facade? (Good question.)
Ed Hunter, Ballpark Authority, says that the Northstar platform will be paid for by the Northstar project. Apparently the specs only include one elevator.
Opat says that the ballpark project has made many considerations for the Northstar project, but it's time for the Northstar project to make considerations to the ballpark project.
Question about the railroad safety wall. Santee says that the relocation of the track changed the need for that. Columns are bulked up, but that's all that was necessary.
Vibrations from trains are considered within the design.
Opat asks whether this design can be built for the $390MM budget. The answer is (wait for it) "yes".
Koblick is talking about infrasturcture changes. Moving the ESB building (HERC site)?? Ah, this is just being considered. Not sure which building this is...
- 20% complete with pile driving. Scheduled to be done in February.
- Concrete columns being started
- Concrete slab in early December.
- Right on schedule right now, despite weather
- Delays caused by weather? That's already in the schedule.
Jerry Bell up next.
"The Twins are batting clean-up here." (Will cover cost overruns.)
"If we have to pay more to build this ballpark, we will not suffer on quality."
Opat says the team may not have wanted limestone on the HERC side (as an example of how decisions have been made).
"We're big on flowers. There are a lot of things we cannot do in the Metrodome..." Planters along the outfield wall -- flowers. Who would've thought? VERY COOL.
Mention of the $15MM from the Pohlads for infrastructure.
Question about minority contractors. All is well.
Dorfman asks about Santana and Hunter. Bell is clearly perturbed by Hunter filing so quickly.
Steve Cramer, Ballpark Authority, is up next.
Ballpark Authority, owners of the facility, do not run the facility. But they will have a great view of the games!
There are three street addresses for the facility.
No one from the public wants to talk.
Now a mention of people buying bricks to dedicate to family members. Sounds like they would be on the plaza, but no more information is given.
Looks like they're done with the ballpark. Everybody's leaving! (Me included.)
Lots of pictures of the model, which I'll post late tonight.
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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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Lots of people are doing it.
ATM-style ticket machines have appeared beneath the steps to the B ramp (you can also enter the B ramp directly by walking past the ticket machines)
Here's a quick look into the layout of the Metropolitan Club.
Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony
Three weeks ago this was a patch of scruffy trees. Now it's a patio. In case you were wondering, that's where I've been...
The tracks on the right will be moved to the newly-cleared area on the left. The edge of the ballpark will be about where the rocks and dirt meet.
Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.
Skinny dugouts at TF
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
Click to enlarge.
Dave St. Peter introducing the first physical models of the ballpark in June 2007
August 2001 (a month later we were engaged)
A slightly different angle, and you can see some of the structural elements.
Sure would be nice to cover that metal grid with more wooden louvers, eh?
Bird's-eye view of the trees
This is the last hope for so-called knot-hole views. I'm skeptical.
The process of building the canopy is really amazing to watch.
Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room
No admittance -- yet! Note that you can see the seating bolts which are in place already.
The view from section 210
Bench seating just off the plaza
Preparations underway (Field View)
The back gates at Comerica park, like everything else, a bit overwrought.
The Ceremony (VIP in the crowd)
I could gaze at this streetscape all day. It isn't perfect, but as a model for Minneapolis, I love it. (Except the Biff, of course. Click to enlarge.)
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.