New Ballpark Construction Views #3
May 10, 2008 11:51 PM
Here are a few final images from my tour the other day.
It's a bit amazing to think of just how efficient the design has had to be because of the site size. Major portions are being built over the freeway and railroad tracks. But major portions are also being built under Fifth and Seventh Streets.
It's something of a miracle that it fits at all!
One of the many supports being built over the tracks.
A whole bunch of guys working on something.
A slightly different angle, and you can see some of the structural elements.
The view through a construction "knothole".
The bridge is Seventh Street.
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
At the base of the B ramp, the foundation for the center field stands.
The sign reads, "Mortenson Radio Channels".
Construction of the stands is moving from left to right in this image.
Here's where the plaza will empty out around that skyway emergency exit tower at the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street.
Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.
Viewed from the A ramp.
P.S. For those who are into it, I updated the site status page with all the images I've collected but neglected over the past few months. I've figured that the web cam is usually enough to see the progress, but when I saw these together, it makes for a pretty cool collection.
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– Bernie Williams
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Legends Club seats in context (above the main concourse, below the suite level)
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The saddest event
This looks like a Twins Pub, but is actually the scoreboard operations.
The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)
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This may look like just some guy (perhaps a spy) headed for the train. But it's actually the Northstar engineer!
Detroit got this part right!
Section 101, Row 27
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
Mauer steps in for the first time.
The creative design of the admin building stands in stark contrast to the horribly pedestrian appearance of the LRT platform. This design looks like it came out of a public transportation manual.
The littlest Twins fan: Truman
This is where you will put out your butts -- I mean enjoy some pretty flowers.
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
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At TF, you never know when you may bump into a Pohlad
Installation in action (Home Plate Box)
Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)
he color of the limestone - per Jerry Bell's requirements.
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
Nine spots for hops bats.
I still counted 11 flag poles...
Workers against green
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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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