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New Ballpark Construction Views #2

May 9, 2008 11:50 PM

In case you missed the tiny link in comments from yesterday's entry, Mo led us to another great source for ballpark construction photos.

Also, the Ballpark Authority offered to loan me a hard hat the next time I get a chance to tour the site. Problem solved, so bring on the leads! (Thanks, DK.)

Here are some more construction photos from my extended walking tour around the perimeter of the construction site yesterday. Let's start with the big sign:

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Next, on to the plaza.

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A mass of rebar and complicated cable runs ready for a pour.

Here's where the plaza empties out to Sixth Street.

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This is the view from where the plaza will connect to the walkway on the west side of Target Center. This presumably aids traffic flow back to the A ramp, and perhaps to the skyway connection (though the doors to the skyway right there are typically exit only).


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Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.

Looking at those images, it seems like it might make sense to create a connection directly to the skyway from the plaza itself just on the other side of Second Avenue. A staircase up to that long skyway would seem to be a convenient thing, though maybe it would introduce some security concerns.

At this point, I'm unclear on exactly how people will get back to the skyway unless they exit the ballpark/plaza area completely and use one of the parking ramp entrances. I suppose that creating skyway connections is an enormously complex thing from a permitting standpoint.

Now on to the field area...

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This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!


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Just up the foul line, it looks like the base of the wall in foul territory on the right side.


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Over in left...

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A collection of support pillars for the left field pavilion.

Tomorrow the finale, with some shots over by the railroad tracks. Thanks for stopping by today!

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I have noticed they are using the TC logo quite a bit in the new stadium. I bet they will bring it back for the new uniforms in 2010.

Posted on May 10, 2008 at 08:39 AM by MOJO Highlight this comment 1

All I can say is they better bring the TC logo back fully, I hate the M logo.

Posted on May 10, 2008 at 09:33 AM by bmd Highlight this comment 2

i never thought i'd say this, but i hope they bring back the light blue away unis.

Posted on May 10, 2008 at 11:45 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 3

sweet away uniforms!

Posted on May 10, 2008 at 11:48 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 4

At Twinsfest, I spoke with someone who was manning the booth with the model. This person indicated there is a plan to put a staircase from the plaza side up to the skyway - and that it would be above or near the entry into the 'B' ramp from 394.

Posted on May 10, 2008 at 11:48 AM by barryS Highlight this comment 5

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Dan Kenney, my tour guide



5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.






Evidence of a food court behind the seating above the batter's eye






This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).






Impractical, expensive, undeniably cool (Angel Stadium, source LP)



An early concept drawing for the site



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Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.



One of those funny little sections above the entrance stairs









This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.



Staircase view






This view, also from the same warehouse roof, shows the newly-rebuilt viaduct on North Seventh Street.









One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.



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Revised outfield configuration (courtesy HOK Sport)



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Anna keeps the riff raff under control.






Some brick work out in the centerfield pavilion.



This was billed as a diagram of a super-suite. I'm not quite sure just where this (or these) will be located.



The shade of the canopy gives way to a brief shaft of light. It would do the same again a short while later when the sun passed through that tiny open sliver between the View and Terrace levels.






A last look on the way out.



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At one point, we thought these windows might represent one of the so-called knotholes. But nope. Nothing to see here. (Nearest I can tell, there will be no view of the playing field whatsoever from the Seventh Street sidewalk.)






Signage for the concession stand which is available from the plaza (plaques are up on the fencing)






Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)









The outline of an infield has appeared on the asphalt in advance of the ground-breaking on Thursday night.



That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...



Left to right: Opat, Oliva, Dave St. Peter, Melvin Tennant (Meet Minneapolis), Jerry Bell, Rybak



A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)



And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.



Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...



There's the opening through which the groundskeeping equipment will emerge (and disappear).



Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)





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