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Click to enlarge. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
To the left, out of view, was a row of guys in very nice suits. Most I did not recognize.
Notice the temporary railing extensions
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
The bases for the player statues have been recently upgraded.
Looking through it, you can see the outfield pavilion (upper deck at least).
The plate marker is just to the left.
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.
Work on one of the side panels
A cross section of the field construction. (Click to enlarge.)
The entrance from the service level corridor. (You have to pass the Twins clubhouse door to get there.)
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Do you know who did this drawing? If so, please tell me so I can give them proper credit.
With the engine behind us, we got a real sense of how fast we were going by looking out the front (back) window
Preparations underway (Field View)
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
From an earlier visit: Don't bother with those escalators either. They were also roped off. And how about a bench? Or a planter? Or even a trash can? That woman is doing the only thing she can: leaning up against a post to do her texting.
Discovered on the upper concourse!
TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)
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.
I didn't check the menu too closely, but it looks like all the standard fare is available, and not much of the non-standard stuff.
8:02 PM It's at peak, affecting mostly the upper deck.
In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.
The blue line now indicates where the back of the accessible seating ends and standing room begins.
The first completed mural
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
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