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A Ninja Tour

March 30, 2009 4:03 PM

Our very own OG Jeff (aka The Ballpark Ninja) got a chance to tour Target Field last week and was kind enough to provide his own detailed report -- with photos! -- for exclusive publication here. He laments the fact that his camera didn't last as long as the tour, but what he got is lots of fun. (I added the photo captions.) Thanks, Jeff!

OG Jeff Tours Target Field
By Jeff Bull

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak inside Target Field. What I saw confirmed what many of us have suspected: Target Field will be a gem. It also raised a lot of questions regarding construction process, interior finishes and how much the Twins have yet to decide.

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My tour was given by an HOK architect who is on-site every day, and his involvement with every step of the process has been heavy, which meant he answered some debated questions and revealed changes that have quietly taken place behind the scenes. He was kind enough to walk me to every level of the park as well as around the entire complex - including center field and the Twins future administration building.

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Entrance to the Champions Club

Q. How did HOK get the project? Was it because you've built so many other stadiums?

A. Yes, but there were two other architects that were offered the opportunity to design for the site. The other two architects came back saying that the site was simply too small and a ballpark could not be built there. HOK, having experience with small footprints like SF, was up to the task.

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Q. Throughout the design process, what were the main influences? The warehouse district, retro feel, or the modern urban feel of the Walker and Mpls Library?

A. HOK was really excited to do something different with this park and the Twins had a similar vision. The "retro" feel has been passed by for the "modern", and it's really starting to become apparent inside the concourse and places like the Metro Club. For example, the ceiling of the concourse is not the bottom-side of exposed stadia above. Instead, the ceilings are fully finished with a very modern and clean look. I was skeptical, but after seeing the finished ceiling, it really fits the look and design of the park. (Note: The same approach was taken in Washington, a recent HOK project my guide worked on. Although the Nationals Park is on a large footprint, the finishes are modern and clean)

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Main concourse

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A sample of the finished concourse ceiling

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Main concourse

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Another ceiling sample.

Q. What's the deal with the overhang in right field? Is it still there?

A. Yes, it is. However, HOK originally wanted the overhang to be 8 feet out over the playing field. But, to put it nicely, the Twins were hesitant to take big risks or be too "leading edge" and so they have asked that the overhang be reduced. It will now be 2 feet at one end and near 5 feet at the end closest to center field.

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That's the right field foul pole, visible at left.

Q. Why put the foul poles in this early in the process?

A. The contractor for all of the steel in the stadia is the same one that makes the foul poles. Since steel has such a long lead-time, it's ordered early (in case there's mistakes and a reorder is needed) Why they put them up so early was a little perplexing to the architects, but Mortensen is 100% in charge of the construction schedule.

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Ballpark basement

Q. You did not connect the concourse directly to the ramps. Was this because you didn't want to create a tunnel and go through the regulation process of a tunnel?

A. Exactly. But after it was underway being constructed, the city forced the project to go through the whole process anyway! The lighting, exhaust fans, safety measures are all built to the specifications of a full tunnel.

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I-394 is visible through the tiny space between the ballpark and the B ramp.

Q. Is that a ribbon board in center field!?!

A. Yes - there is already a scoreboard on the lower level in center field. Why Mortensen would install them this early in the process is peculiar, but they've begun putting them in.

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First ribbon board, above the bullpens.

Q. Are there other unique retail places planned other than the main Pro Shop?

A. Yes. There will be small custom stores planted throughout the park. One of the most unique "secondary retail locations" will be on the main level of what will become the Twins admin building. It's being called the "glass box retail", and it will be constructed to stand alone with glass walls.

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Store behind home plate

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A first peek inside the Pro Shop!

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Pro Shop entrance from the plaza.

Q. Will the stadium have a large animatronic neon sign in center field?

A. I was brought to the "split" deck in centerfield, where a concession stand will be as well as two large pillars that will hold up a "main logo piece". The discussion of the MN/STP logo on a large sign is still being discussed, and has not been decided yet. Several concepts are being "floated around".

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Whatever that main logo piece will be, here's about where it will go.

Q. What's the giant wood wall mural in the spacious club lounge?

A. A wood stained wall mural of Rod Carew is being put up at the South end of one of the two club level lounges. This piece of art is FANTASTIC looking! It was only partially installed, but will look amazing once completed. (My camera had stopped working at this point - I was ready to cry not being able to shoot this)

Q. How in holy hell did HOK and Mortensen get the right center field bleachers to fit?

A. The bleachers in center are truly a modern marvel of architectural engineering. HOK is still a little unsure about sightlines, meaning that home run fence below will be un-viewable from those bleachers, but they will definitely be a unique feature of Target Field. The process and construction to "fit" them there was a feat - especially since they stand about a foot away from Ramp B. As you walk through the concourse in centerfield, Ramp B's brick is exposed to the fan, which became much cooler once I was standing next to it.

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Stairway to the center field bleachers

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Center field bleachers (looks kinda steep from this angle)

Q. How will the right field upper deck seats be? They seem really close to the field... (this one was for you, mazaratirick)

A. The experience in right field will be unique because the upper deck is so close to the playing field. The front of the deck in both right and center is parallel with the playing field below. HOK would rather have it back a few more feet, so you could see the home run fence and warning track below, but space was tight. Instead, fans will be closer but won't see the fence below them.

Q. What's the story behind the Metropolitan Club?

A. Originally, the Metropolitan Club was designed to be a huge cantilever, similar to the Guthrie's cantilever, but even more grandiose. Due to the size of the unsupported section, a monumental effort was put into engineering. However, as the process continued, the Twins realized they needed a set of concessions, bathrooms, ticket offices, etc in the area, and there was no other place to put them except under the cantilevered area. As a result, the stunning visual has been diminished. After standing in the Metropolitan Club, I can attest that it is AWESOME. The intimate views contrasted with the expansive feel inside is a great dynamic.

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What you see beneath the Metropolitan Club is NOT part of its support structure. That's all in-fill to accommodate some necessary functions. It could be removed and the thing would appear to hang in mid-air!

Q. What's the big hole in the right field lower deck all about? Will there be seating there?

A. Yes, there will eventually be seating there, but it will be placed on hydraulic lifts. This entrance is to meet code so a fire truck can access the playing field if needed. This is the only entrance for a vehicle of that size to enter the park.

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The opening on the left is for field access by emergency vehicles. On the right will be the bullpens.

Q. Why a split upper deck?

A. When getting concessions, fans will still be able to see the game, around the entire upper bowl. It also allowed the seats to be closer and utilizes the space on the small footprint better. After standing at the concession stand area, I can attest that this is a great idea. The upper concourse is big, but not huge. Therefore, even when fans are at the back of it, they can still see the scoreboard and part of the field. If something happens, fans are 4 steps away from seeing the entire field.

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Typical concession stand.

Q. What's the long, tight tunnel behind the Twins dugout (now covered by stadia)?

A. It's a sprint-track, for players to get warm running during the game.

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A close-up look at how the stadia are put together.

Q. Why is there paint in some of the suites already?

A. It's true - there is paint in some of the suites. It's a surprising move by Mortensen, but they are under extremely rigid timelines and will complete some things early to try to save time.

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Concession stand beneath the center field bleachers.

Other fun notes:

The 573 Club, which is at the southwest corner of the park, looks a lot like a smaller version of the Metro Club. Construction is coming along behind some of the other lounges and Club areas, as the roof has just been completed. It's spacious, but the space will feel quite different since there are no downtown views or ability to watch the field.

The underside of the canopy is a metal product that will look similar to "the underside of a whale". The scaffolding that is currently in right field will crawl along behind the canopy construction installing the soffits and underside of the structure . Since the sub-contractors for the steel stadia supports and the pre-cast concrete are different groups, the concrete team has been trying to time the installation to stay a couple days behind the steelworkers. That is why, in part, different sections of the outfield and infield seem sporadic in their installation.

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- Jeff Bull


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Great reporting OG Jeff! Too bad your camera died though. The more pictures I see of Target Field the more I can envision going to a game there. It's funny that 2 construction firms flat out said "you can't build that there".

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 9:14 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 1

awosome! i love this website,I check it everyday! Nice pics ninja!

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 9:32 PM by trent Highlight this comment 2

Thanks to Rick for letting me post my adventure on his site! The ninja has struck!

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 9:51 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 3

Really great! Too bad they had to fill in under the met club. That would've been a really great feature. Everything really appears to be coming together. Can't wait!

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 10:25 PM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 4

Go Ninja! Let us know next time...we will take up a collection for spare batteries...

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 5

Glad I was wrong about ya OG ninja, well done!!

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 10:48 PM by Matt Highlight this comment 6

Hello, I am a huge Twins fan and cannot wait until 2010!! I also am a huge video game fan. There is a game called MLB The Show 09, and they are looking for info regarding Target Field. This would be things such as outfield wall colors, scoreboard layout including scoreboard ribbons, the out of town scoreboard, sun study info, dugout positioning, homerun celebration items, and more. Any insight into this would be great so I can pass it to the developers.

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 10:54 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 7

Simply awesome Mr. Bull....Thank you!!

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 11:13 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 8

Also, can someone provide more information on the decision for the Flag Pole from the Met to be at aor around First Ave? I missed that being decided and was wondering if anyone has some insight to that

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 9

Wow, just wow. This definitely made my week. Thanks A TON OG Jeff!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 12:12 AM by Oaks Highlight this comment 10

Great shots OG.

The inside of the pro shop looks awesome.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 12:15 AM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 11

don't know what I think about the finished roof in the concourse...

btw... 4-1 they installed that ribbon board so that on opening night they can light it up with "365 days to target field" or somesuch...

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 02:42 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 12

Instead of having the "Shaking Hands" neon logo in centerfield, how about a huge neon "TC" logo, the same logo they have on the hats.

This would look awesome at night!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 06:27 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 13

Wow, I've really been dying for some interior shots, and you came through!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 07:39 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 14

O.G. Jeff, you are an Original but yet still gangsta!!!!! I belive i have a tear running dowm my right cheek.

Thank you! cant wait fotr the bbq in your green space!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 08:17 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 15

two fun things:

1. I was in Indiana over the weekend and met a White Sox fan that seemed just as excited about Target Field as we are. I told him I had pictures on my iPhone of the last time I was down by the park and he begged me to show him. He agrees that it will be one of the best parks in the majors.

2. Downstairs in my building is the model of Target Field with the newly added Target Plaza. I took a bunch of pictures and I'll try to put them up on flickr tonight. The model is absolutely amazing (this is my first time seeing it in person)

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 08:48 AM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 16

Nice, AC! The HOK rep told me they had just sent the model to their workshop for a couple weeks to do updates. I guess it's back...and you have pics?!!?

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 09:02 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 17

Great pics Ninja.

Looks like the limestone on the admin building in the outfield and the vip entrance is actually the fake limestone. Is that correct? Its hard to tell from the photos, but it doesn't have the natural feel of the exterior. I hope they don't use that for the rest of the interior. (It'd look pretty bad on TV if it wasn't the real deal behind home plate.)

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 09:07 AM by Dale Highlight this comment 18

hey kev,
Do you think the Twins would have had a game today if they were playing outside this year? Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Thank goodness the season doesn't typically start til April...tomorrow!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 09:09 AM by Locker Highlight this comment 19

Dale - It's real limestone, but it does have a different finish. I noticed some other pieces of it throughout the park.

Guys, I cannot state enough my surprise at how cool the club lounges are looking. We also got the chance to walk from the top of the circulation ramps down to where the clubhouse is being built out. Those circulation ramps take some time to get down!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 09:48 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 20

Is the concourse ceiling textured? I think It will be great as long as it is kept somewhat clean.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 10:23 AM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 21

DuluthTim - It almost looks like a "stucco" finish. I think that kind of finish will work well in an outdoor environment

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 10:26 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 22

Agreed. Very classy!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 10:32 AM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 23

Great interview, Bullio! Can't wait for April 2010!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 10:47 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 24

The outfield concourses look like a pretty good place to watch a game as well. I wonder how many standing room only tickets they will make available for sold out games and playoff games. With all of the seats and concourses so close to the field I'd bet a sold out play off game would be pretty loud and intimidating for opposing players, especially with standing room people lining the concourses cheering.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 10:52 AM by Eric in TX Highlight this comment 25

I watched some video of Citi Field on one of the NY networks yesterday. The outfield grandstand feels huge compared to T.F., and not in a good way.

Can't wait to make a trip back to Minneapolis in 2010.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 26

yes jeff, i have a bunch of pictures. i can honestly say the partial bullseyes look pretty cool on the plaza

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 27

Rick, why the 4 day difference between your countdown timer versus the Twins Target Field page? Is the team indicating an early opening for maybe a Spring Training or exhibition game in 2010?

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 12:47 PM by Jesse Highlight this comment 28


My countdown was set up to match the countdown clock sent out by the team. It still matches that (I just checked), but perhaps now the team knows more than they did when they sent that other one out.

I'll look into it further...

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 12:52 PM by Rick 29

Annoying Customer,

Is this one of the pics you took?

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 12:55 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 30

Just found this on the main ballpark page:

"There are approximately 366 days until Target Field opens in 2010"

I suppose they won't know for sure until the 2010 schedule is released later this year. Right now it's still just a hunch.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 12:56 PM by Rick 31

i took one just like that but i haven't uploaded it yet. i'll do it later tonight.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:02 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 32

Lafferty - that is definitely a picture taken from the model that is at Target HQ this week. I work at Target and examined the model a few times yesterday. I was going to bring my camera to work today to take some photos of it. If annoying customer doesn't post anything today I will bring my camera tomorrow and take some snapshots (assuming the security guard camping out by the model doesn't mind).

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:03 PM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 33

Thank you, Ballpark Ninja! What an interesting interview.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:19 PM by Dave T Highlight this comment 34

wow, that picture of the plaza is great! I originally didn't like the renderings for the new plaza, thought it looked too metallic/grey and not green/natural enough, but that model makes it look more how I would want it to be.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:42 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 35

Target employees,

Is the model accessible to the general public, or do you have to get by security to take a peek? (There are probably many of us here who would like to get a look, but do not work for Target -- yet.)

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:49 PM by Rick 36

Great work, OG! This place is going to be phenomenal. 2010 can't come soon enough!

You mentioned a little bit of concern/skepticism about the sightlines in some areas...Did you get a chance to walk around those sections? And if so, is there any reason to be concerned?

Thanks again, Ninja!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:25 PM by kumbaya Highlight this comment 37

It's really frustrating that they built under the Metropolitan Club. That would have been a cool cantilever. Also, that seems like a giant wast of money just for some bathrooms.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:28 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 38

Rick - you would need to get by security in order to see the model. I suppose if you were a guest of an employee here you would be able to get access to it.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:29 PM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 39

It's not accessible to the General Public. It's within the confines of our building, and you won't get past security.
The guard manning the model was chatting with me and trying to tell me all about the model, but I knew everything he was telling me. I felt like telling him about this site.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:29 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 40

One of the things I love about this park is the lack of "wrap-around" seating in the outfield corner(s). If you look at Citi Field, Busch Stadium II, Coors Field (pretty much all of the "retro" parks), at least one corner has all levels wrap-around the foul pole. These are seats that are terrible for game viewing and IMO, take away some of the distinctiveness in the outfield seating. With the plaza and admin offces, TF has avoided this.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 3:11 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 41

Am I the only one that's terrified that the "main logo piece" in center field is going to be a Target or "Target Field" logo rather than the MPLS/STP handshake guys or a standard Twins logo?

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 3:19 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 42

Anyone have any thoughts on the news the St. Paul Saints are looking to build a new field of their own? I personally cannot stand Saints games. Talk about foolery. Plus, it's not even true Minor League baseball (Major League affiliate).

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 3:22 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 43

In my opinion, the "smooth" limestone that is being used on the Twins Admin building is probably for safety. I can see if a ball hits that area, the "smoother" limestone might give the ball a more favorable bounce for awaiting fans. I'm willing to bet they will use the same limestone on the right field overhang area for that reason. Just a thought.

Well done OG Jeff, its greatly appreciated!!!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 3:54 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 44

My guess is that the logo will be some combination of the bulls eye and a twins logo, like the cartoon guys shaking hands in front of the bulls eye. They have actually done an OK job of not getting too carried away in the plaza, so I'm somewhat hopeful.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 3:57 PM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 45

(that it won't be that)

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 3:57 PM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 46

great pics Jeff. I love the third from the top. I'm assuming that's the last row in the lower level? Even from there, that's really close to Home Plate.
this is one cozy little ballpark. I can't wait...

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM by luke Highlight this comment 47

DSP, you are fired. OG Jeff, you're hired.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 48

A question for you OG Jeff. For the question below, were you talking about the left upper deck seats?

Q. How will the right field upper deck seats be? They seem really close to the field... (this one was for you, mazaratirick)

So for both the left upper deck seats, and the right field trapezoid seating, it will be hard to see the outfield fence?

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 4:00 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 49

Jeff - You're right, if you sit in those upper deck outfield sections, you won't see the home run fence right in front below you. I did stand in the center and left field (upper deck) bleachers to confirm this. It's also pretty well represented if you use the 3D seat selection tool on the Twins site. While this is a little pesky for outfield upper deck fans, the seats are REALLY close to the field. Imagine sitting in the dome's left field upper deck, then being 40-50 feet closer to the field.

Those White Sox outfielders are gonna hear it from us - we'll be right on top of them!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 5:27 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 50

i promised pictures and now i come through. enjoy.

these were taken with my phone so if they aren't high enough quality, i apologize.

if anyone has a request of a shot, let me know and i (or steeks or iowawigman) can try to take it.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 6:09 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 51

Cool, now we know where the Budweiser logo is going. Thanks A.C.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 6:15 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 52

Can anyone provide any new insight on what is planned for the roof of the admin building?

I think what they decided to do with this area will be one of, if not the coolest, parts of the stadium.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 6:24 PM by Matt Highlight this comment 53

it looked like a picnic area on the model but i'm not 100% sure

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 54

I see the model still have the canopy over the stairs along Ramp B.

Is the windscreen on Ramp B going to be in sections like the model, or over the whole Ramp?

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 6:31 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 55

David- Looks like they still have not added the windscreen to the model. Those are the banners from the old design. According the the renderings the windscreen will cover the entire side of the ramp.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 6:50 PM by DuluthTim Highlight this comment 56

It appears they are naming the pro shop "Twins City."

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 7:23 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 57

According to the Twins camp, the top of the admin building is going to be a rooftop party deck. I remember hearing that from a tour or an interview. If I remember correctly, they said it would be something similar to Brits or Stellas. This was awhile back so things might have changed.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 7:30 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 58

Nice pics, AC. I like the neon Budweiser sign!

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 7:36 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 59

The also has an Target Field update at Click my name.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 60

#24(?) CHS

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 9:27 PM by BB Highlight this comment 61


Posted on March 31, 2009 at 9:36 PM by BB Highlight this comment 62

or 25 (?)

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 9:42 PM by BB Highlight this comment 63

On OG Jeff's pic, just below the "hole in the lower deck" question, does it look like that ad space above the bullpen will obstruct a small number of seats along the back of the lower deck? For a closer look I've attached a link to a pic from Steve's album.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 9:47 PM by Oaks Highlight this comment 64

geeze all the pics, the actual construction and the model, are awesome. thanks for taking these. This park is shaping up to be so original, thanks to its tight site. It makes new yankee and citi look like cookie-cutter by comparison. the only thing is that i can hear the local media whining about any seats where a fan cannot see the entire field of play. but i agree with the previous poster in that i'd sacrifice that for having an upper-deck seat so close to the field.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 10:09 PM by tim Highlight this comment 65

All the great ballparks had some obstructed view seats - some more than others. At least we won't have pillars in front of us like old comiskey and tiger stadium did.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 11:06 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 66

Oaks, I don't think there is going to be any obstruction. The depth perception in the picture I took is a little deceiving. If you look at the last picture in OG Jeff's tour you can get a better view of that area.

One interesting thing in the updated model is limestone on the roof of the dugout's.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 11:36 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 67

Think how bad balt, chi, clev and seattle feel right now.. once its built you have to wait in line 25 years....its one thing to have wrigly and onother thing to have progressive if u know what i am saying

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 11:46 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 68

I love the Budweiser sign, it looks like they should put a little angle on it to have it face more of the seats

Posted on April 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 69

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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 3046 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.

Fissure dude

Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony

Guthrie Theater (original design colors)

The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.

There are no caddies in baseball.

The future history of Minnesota ballparks will go here

Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P

Now from the inside looking at the same area.

Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!

Also warming things up are these planters.

The outfield stands taking shape.

This is an angle I have not used very much, from the top of the Fifth Street ramp. Because the wall is so tall (forget about watching a game from here for free -- OK, maybe with a step stool) I have to hold the camera up over my head and just snap, hoping I get something good. Here I did. This view then looks to the southwest.

The louvres on Fifth have been completely filled in

Not sure what those supports are for -- probably stadia.

A very unique space

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

The entrance at Gate 3.

Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)

Suite Level

Click to enlarge greatly.

The Target Field grass, it turns out, will be green. (This is a photo representing the concept of grass only. The actual Target Field grass apparently will not contain dirt patches, weeds, or dandelions. Imagine that -- if you can!)

Two train stations

Click to enlarge greatly.

LRT station has appeared.

The Switch

This is the Seventh Street circulation ramp. Note that the floor is covered with plywood to protect it during construction. Not all construction firms are as careful with this type of protection as Mortenson.

Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew

In March, we were still only imagining baseball through those windows.


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

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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

Complete Bibliography

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