Today was an amazing day, and I had some very good luck. A client meeting took me downtown, so I buzzed over to get a few more photos before they start tearing up the asphalt. My timing was perfect.
Things are already getting pretty heated up. While I was there, the surveyors were marking all the important spots, starting with home plate!
Yep, it's marked right there on the ground, along with all the bases, foul poles, outfield walls, backstop area, and so much more. I couldn't begin to document it all. (I hope to get down there again tomorrow to finish what I started.)
I also bumped into a fellow trying to figure out how to get his trucks into the site, and one of those sniffers employed by Hennepin County to keep tabs on the garbage burner. I don't know what she detected, but I detected no odor at all.
Double plays will be turned here.
News reports had said that Third Avenue North was already closed, but it's still open. It's scheduled to close permanently on May 21. The bridge on North Fifth Street, on the other hand, is already closed. It's already a big hole in the ground at the Ford Centre end.
Many of the markings for the outfield fence are actually out in the street. This emphasizes just how tight everything is. There won't be much main concourse walking space out beyond the fence in right-center!
Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!
Now, I think I actually believe there's gonna be a ballpark built here!
"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
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Reverse view, now looking down Sixth toward the park. The Met Stadium flag pole will be right there!
I saw it at another park...
Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)
Trees also have sprouted near the topiaries
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
The entry from the platform to the ballpark.
Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)
The spruced up triangle really doesn't show much connection with the ballpark.
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
Click to enlarge.
Trampled, repaired, and re-trampled grass
Arrival back at Target Field
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
The brown grass was left over from the first attempt at groundbreaking (canceled after the 35W bridge collapse)
Sharing and Caring Hands, as viewed from the ballpark site about a block away. Note transaction in progress in the shadows.
Walkway sneak peek
Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Limestone facing and flowers on the right field overhang