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March 19, 2010 3:29 AM

Many of us will be heading down to the ballpark this weekend for our first official looks. I'm included, thanks to some of you out there, and I hope to have lots of shots to show next week.

But I got my first hardhat-less tour last week with Dan Kenney of the Ballpark Authority. I specifically asked to see the upper concourse because we haven't seen much of it, and I was not disappointed. Here are some images to whet your appetite for this weekend's strolling about.

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Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite


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Camera mounts


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I love these upper neighborhoods.


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Upper concourse


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The view from the upper concourse.

When this whole project began, I was not a fan of the split upper deck. I've forgotten those long ago objections because there's no question that having it open like this keeps you connected to the game -- even if you can't see it.

Without the split upper deck, when you want a snack you'd come out to a concourse pretty much exactly as isolated from the action as we were over at the Metrodome. It's not correct to sell this feature as a view of the game. You can't see so much as a blade of grass. But the openness maintains the whole feel of the park beautifully.

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You can't get there from here.

The Budweiser deck is at roughly the same height as the front row of the upper View level (Field Terrace), but there isn't a way to go between one and the other.

But they'll probably need to station some security there, because those fences looked eminently hoppable with minimal risk of injury...

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For executive entertaining

A couple of the balconies on the admin building are not for public use. These are clearly set up for entertaining by the team, but make for a fantastic amenity to the office space.

Long ago I heard a story about the schematic configuration of the park, and HOK's insistence that the admin building simply had to go over where the Metropolitan Club is now. You may remember this from the earliest model that was shown at TwinsFest (the one with the retractable roof).

Turns out that it took a lot of convincing by some of the principles on the project to get the architects to even consider putting the admin building elsewhere. The current configuration is the result of that cajoling, and it couldn't be a more perfect set-up.

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One thing I learned on this tour was the answer to a long-standing question about the stairways and catwalks from the upper concourse to the upper View level. Many of us wondered, why build catwalks in some places and stairs in others? The answer is pretty simple: concession stands.

If you built stairs at every opening, some of them would empty right into the queues of people waiting to buy concessions. Catwalks allow control of where people come down. (Duh, I said to myself.)

I got a look at the old Minneapolis Lakers basketball floor which is installed in the Town Ball Tavern. If it's open, be sure to check it out.

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Print press box


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Metropolitan Club


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Suite level view


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Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)

My host was gracious, as always, but I bet he's weary of giving tours. In fact, you gotta believe the the entire PR staff of the Twins will be relieved that they no longer have to parade people around. I know I would be.

They can now turn that duty over to -- hmm. Will the Twins be letting people pay for tours? I don't know, but it seems like there would certainly be demand for it.

Last summer I joked with some fellow tour members that one day I'll be an 80-year-old tour guide, showing people all the ins and outs of Target Field, and telling the stories of how it all came together, and the many glories which will have, by then, taken place there.

As a last stop, I'll take my guests out to that flag pole and talk about how Ben told me where it was, and I alerted the Twins, and they went out and made it happen. It's a great story, and I'm proud of my small contribution to this beautiful new ballpark. I'll tell you some more of this story in coming days.

I heard on the wind that the Twins are planning a dedication for the pole before the April 2 exhibition game. I wonder how much of the story they will tell.

InGameMagic

Jax put out the challenge to get InGameMagic up and running for this weekend, and I can't resist a good challenge.

So even though it's not fully implemented, I got enough of the pieces welded together that you can post comments and photos directly to this article from your phone or email as you stroll around the park this weekend.

Before you send, just register your phone by sending a message with your name (in the subject line for emails) to:

twins-subscribe@ballparkmagic.com

Then when you see something worthy of sharing, send it directly to:

twins@ballparkmagic.com

(Let's see. How do they say it? Oh, yeah: Standard text messaging rates apply.)

Your comments won't get through unless you register first. So do that step right now while you're thinking about it.

And if you have one of those annoying signatures from your wireless provider that you can't get rid of, just end the text part of your message with a plus sign (+) and the software will lop off everything after that.

If you want to keep up on what's going on, the comment page will be available to mobile users at:

http://twins.ballparkmagic.com (working as of 2:30 Friday)

Now I should mention that this little feature is held together with paper clips and rubber bands. It may not work perfectly, but I'll try to refine and smooth things out as the weekend progresses (and time permits). So, give it a try!

See you at the ballpark! (Thanks to one of our ninjas, I'll be the guy in the fitted Twins cap with the classic TC logo and a 2010 commemorative patch on the side!)

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Hello, world! (From Rick's phone.)

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 03:23 AM by Rick 1

Scweet!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 03:47 AM by Chuck F Highlight this comment 2

What a nice GOOD MORNING page!!!!!!!!!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 06:04 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 3

Were you not allowed to take pictures on the Rooftop Deck, of whatever is ON the Rooftop deck? I can't say that I've seen a single picture facing the bleachers or the bar/fire pit area.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 06:33 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 4

Oh thanks so much for those pics from the upper concourse. That has been such a mystery to me, and I'm up there in the view section (someday I'll work my way down to the terrace section, but they wanted full 81 game packages down there this year).

In any case, I assume the picture where the stairs in the concourse are turned "backwards" (emptying towards the field instead of away from it) connect to the catwalk sections. They had talked about having enclosed warming areas on the upper concourse as well, but I just can't place where they might have put them (and haven't been able to spot them on my own). Any insight?

Finally, what most surprised me about these pictures was the open air BEHIND the concession stands on the upper level. Of course that makes sense as it saved them millions in extra building materials, but during a cold or wet night the upper concourse will give you little relief, and the wind will really howl through there some nights. I'm not complaining, it was just something not in my mind at all.

My post makes me sound like I'm already worried about the 4 games I will attend with bad weather. I'm not. I'd still rather have that open concourse than go into a cave, but it is going to be REALLY open up there some nights.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 07:09 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 5

Another great post Rick.

See you on Saturday.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 07:47 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 6

I second that: great post as always and great pics.
Can't wait til Saturday.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 08:04 AM by luke Highlight this comment 7

awesome pics can't wait to see the pics from everyone for the open houses!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 08:50 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 8

The uppper level concourses almost have a little bit of a Kauffman Stadium look to them, don't they (at least before the renovation... I haven't been there since the completion of it)?

The concessions down there were sectioned off into their own little mini "buildings", dark blue, open air over and behind them... Here's they're sectioned off by the canopy supports, dark blue accents, with open air over and behind them.

I dunno. First impression that I had... Maybe I'm wrong.

Also, Jax didn't need the ego boost by having her mentioned by name in the post, Rick. I'm never going to hear the end of it when I get home from work.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 08:51 AM by Natron Highlight this comment 9

the upper concourse is built exactly like the new Yankee Stadium... I love it but word to the wise. When it is windy...it will be very windy

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 08:56 AM by Drew Highlight this comment 10

For Those going to the open houses- can anyone can take a pic from batter's eye? im sitting there for a game and wanna see the view (real one as opposed tot he seat finder thing. If not it's cool just wanna see some great pics

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 09:11 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 11

YAY!!!! thank you! Now if I could figure out how to send an SMS message from my new phone. lol

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 09:27 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 12

Rick,

I absolutely love that home plate terrace picture!! My first game at Target Field in April will be from almost that exact same spot and it looks like an amazing place to take in a game. Thanks for the photos!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 09:31 AM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 13

Got all signed up, thanks Rick!

Was hoping to run down there today and go to Chick Fil A at the U, then find it's closed for Spring Break.

That would be a good thing to have at Target Field too is Chick Fil A

This site is a bit addicting...

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 09:36 AM by OldMetFan7 Highlight this comment 14

I was just at Coffman yesterday and had Chick-fil-a. Don't know why it would be open yestderday and not today.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 09:49 AM by some guy Highlight this comment 15

Great post, i was looking at the webcams last night and they had the wind veil and toporaries lit. kind of hard to see on the webcam but it looks really good.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 09:50 AM by twinsfan27 Highlight this comment 16

I put together all the screen grabs I took from the last three years into a time lapse of the construction. It's not as smooth as the video the Twins put out a while back, but it has a better soundtrack. Hope you like.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM by Nick in CO Highlight this comment 17

Linc,

The second picture in the post shows the so-called "warming areas". I was standing right next to the edge of one of them when I took it.

I did have a chance to go inside one, and they're set up kind of like club areas that just happen to be open to everybody.

And you are correct that the backward staircase in the 7th picture connects to a catwalk above.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM by Rick 18

Does anyone on here know if any of the pro shops or the team store carry the new 2010 authentic jerseys with player names/numbers on them? I will be down there for the open house Sunday and plan on purchasing one. Thanks.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 19

I also have been writing down all your requests for images from different areas of the park (with some areas of interest I chose included). I may not get to them all but at least there will be a bunch of coverage that will help with that. I will be there on Sunday with the girlfriend and how much of the place I get is likely determined by tour length or how long she is willing to hang around, whichever is shorter. She's been getting pretty excited about going into TF and the day should allow for great walk and snap images, so I am hopeful that I will have at least one image for nearly every topic on my list. If anyone has any (or complete) information about what a tour consists of (start-to-finish) that will greatly help me in my effort of coverage for you all.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:32 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 20

Jimmer -

The only had Mauer and Morneau in the new authentic jerseys. At least that's all I saw last weekend.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM by baggio16 Highlight this comment 21

Jimmer-
I remember seeing a few authentic jerseys when I went to the plaza opening. I think they only had Mauer and Morneau, but I could be wrong. Those are the only two I remember.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 22

Regarding tours: Last Saturday, while on the phone holding for tickets, a recording highlighted a schedule for tours which will be available. I know that it begins April 26th, and it was something like Mon-Sat on non-game days, 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00. ??? (I heard it a number of times while on hold, I can't understand why I don't remember the exact details...) So just now, I called 33-TWINS and was just in the middle of that part of the recording (still a surprisingly long wait today) when the representative picked up. He knew nothing. I suggested he put me back on hold so I could listen to the rest of the recording, and that maybe he should listen in, also.... sheesh.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:50 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 23

Rick,

I want to publicly say again how grateful we are for your dedication and constant attention you've given this ballpark during its construction. BallparkMagic.com has been a 1-stop site for us ninjas who have followed your coverage from day 1... and it's also become a great place for fresh ideas and spirited debate.

The Twins would be lucky to have you as a tour guide someday, Rick. I hope your commitment to their product will one day be rewarded.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 24

Any Mauer signing yet?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM by Michael Highlight this comment 25

Ditto what OGJeff said, and repeat many, many times after that. Thanks for your dedication and your detail, Rick. Giddy doesn't begin to describe my anticipation for the opener, so tomorrow will just tide me over.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 26

Back at Metropolitan Stadium we had a few locations where we could "sneak-in". In particular, the 1st base side of the last circulation ramp in the main grandstand before you'd hit the corrugated tin fence behind right field. This gate had a turnstile with bars that were loose enough that you could pull them apart and slide thru pretty easily (don't forget to push the bars back together). This locations was usually not staffed and what made it even funner was that it was right across from the Sims security office. Another similar spot existed in the left field bleacher section but this area generally had more activity around it. Can anyone recommend any areas for me to "sneak-in" at Target Field? Keep in mind, I think my butt's a little bigger than it was as a teenager.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:33 AM by BomboRivera Highlight this comment 27

hey boboorivera i already thought about that and when i walked around target field i noticed sneaking in isnt something i recommend because with new a new stadium and technology comes something called security cameras, they are all ove the place in there just for future refrence

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 12:10 PM by rolo Highlight this comment 28

I'm listening to the Twins game today (NY feed) and the announcer has already made two mistakes in 3 minutes. He called Orlando Hudson "Orlando Hernandez" and he said Jason Kubel played some 1B last year when Morneau went down.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 12:14 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 29

Well, in terms of sneaking in, every facility has its vulnerabilities. I can think of a couple for Target Field. But it's true that security cameras are pretty much everywhere.

You might be able to get in, but you'd probably be booted pretty quickly.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 12:32 PM by Rick 30

Well, Morneau or a blank one it is then, unless a Mauer signing is announced by the time I hit the Pro Shop on Sunday. I'm looking for the road gray one actually, did they have M&M in those too or just the home whites?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 12:55 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 31

Love me some Chic Fil-a. I took the day off work to go to the DMV and am now on full time Joe Mauer contract watch. And also part time Gopher-fail watch.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 32

Is anyone else listening to the game? Does anyone else think that Ralph Kiner is hammered right now? lol

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 1:21 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 33

DVS, I doubt a Mauer signing is imminent. There's nothing about it on STrib, ESPN, MLBTR sites at all

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 1:28 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 34

ok, i'm an ass - he's had a stroke. I had one too a couple years ago so I should have considered that possibiliity before being an insensitive boob. :p

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 35

Jimmer-

Don't know if you heard, but Reusse said yesterday on the radio that his source told him that Mauer would sign sometime today. Don't know if it's true or not, but I've been watching and waiting myself to see if it is....with fingers crossed! :)

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 1:51 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 36

Why wouldn't there be anything about it on the STrib website then? Doesn't he work for them?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 37

First time posting - great site, Rick.

I went to the TF pro shop at lunch. Very good selection, but re authentic jerseys, I don't think I saw any other than M&M. One other point - much of the merchandise is marked up. The inaugural season TF t-shirts that you can buy online for 19.99? $25. OMLBs in plastic cases that sell for $14.99 at Target, Dick's SA, etc? $25. Pretty silly pricing.

On two other questions raised here previously: The windows are not UV protected; in fact, they just started rotating the jerseys in the windows today! And the STH discount does not apply at the TF pro shop, but they've had some discussions about possibly accepting it later in the season (probably want to see first how many people willingly pay the exhorbitant prices).

That's about all I've got. The wind veil did look nice today. Best to view it from a good distance, for the full effect.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 2:14 PM by BIR Highlight this comment 38

Joe Mauer contract-watch has been ruining my life, so hopefully he does sign today...although I am skeptical. Sunday was the day that Twinkietown picked as the date in which we start panicking. Not sure I am that far a long, but I am just wishing it was done.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 2:36 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 39

[i]Well, in terms of sneaking in, every facility has its vulnerabilities. I can think of a couple for Target Field. But it's true that security cameras are pretty much everywhere.

You might be able to get in, but you'd probably be booted pretty quickly.[i]

drat, my date is going to be disappointed in me again.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 2:38 PM by BomboRivera Highlight this comment 40

Sooj - I will attempt a shot from Batters Eye. I'm planning on having a good sized Flickr posting sometime this weekend.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 2:39 PM by luke Highlight this comment 41

I'm planning on getting one at the Roseville Pro Shop so I can use my discount... Do they have Morneau ones?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 2:49 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 42

Any horticulture/lawn experts know why they would be covering the grass this afternoon?

Perhaps to protect it from the cold temps tonight and tomorrow morning? Even than, they still have the heat turned up underneath the soil so I am just wondering why they would be covering the grass again. No precipitation forecasted for this weekend either that I am aware of.

I just hope its uncovered on Saturday and Sunday for the open houses.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 2:49 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 43

My guess with the grass is that since they water it each day, they do not want to cause freeze damage and want to hold the heat in a bit. The roots should be fine, but you don't want to damage the visible blades. This would be my guess.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:07 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 44

Mike

I'm not sure, maybe they're just practicing?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:09 PM by bob323STH Highlight this comment 45

Seriously though. The temps are currently below freezing. Let the water soak in before it freezes. I'm guessing that is part of the deal. My guess is they will certainly remove the cover tomorrow to water and might very well put it back tomorrow evening for the same reason.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:14 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 46

How can the water freeze when they have a heated field? They can have the playing field any temperature they want.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 47

Maybe they covered it to keep the heat in and encourage growth.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM by sandmn Highlight this comment 48

Jeff, the soil is heated. The roots are heated. The heat does not necessarily extend above the soil and it is not on at a high temperature, but a rather subdued temperature. It is not so warm as to make one feel warm while walking across it. Water on the blades could most certainly freeze even as the roots stay warm.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 49

true. If they had the temperature high enough to melt frost, ice and snow, the roots would probably bake. And I doubt they could have it "any temperature they want." If that were true, they could make millions of dollars writing scientific journal articles about the details behind Absolute Zero.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 50


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Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM by Rick 51

For people going on tours, did they add drink holders to the bleacher sections, or are they keeping those a no drink holder zone?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:06 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 52

awesome, Rick

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 53

Jeff-
I don't think they're going to have cup holders at the bleachers. The Twins website says no, so I doubt they've changed it. They could have, I guess.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 54

Have to push my jaw

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:27 PM by Rick 55

Rick since you are checking posts, while you are on your LC tour, perhaps you can get an answer for me.

Your tour this evening is a guided tour, I would assume of the whole park. What areas will be open for this weekends open house? The clubhouse? 573 club? suite level? Legends club level? The press box?

If they are simply going to open the seating bowl and not allow access to some of the other areas of the park, I probably won't spend that much time there with the temps only in the 40's. I will also probably wait for the sun to get a little higher in the sky and warm things up rather than go right away at 9:00am.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:43 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 56


What can I say? Awesome. (Cold.)

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM by Rick 57

I think I'm gonna agree with JPBerka. After a run the other day, I put my icepack on my head and my damp hair froze even though my head is heated.

I wonder how they're doing the food tomorrow, anyone know? Just open concessions all day? Or maybe they'll have samples? It's going to have to be my diet cheat day either way.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 58

Why is it that stadiums usually don't have the lights behind home plate turned on? I remember going to a Yankee's game in Old Yankee Stadium a few years ago it seemed almost dark behind home plate with the lights off.

I'm just curious if it gets to be too bright with that many lights in a smaller area or what.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM by Mort Highlight this comment 59

Nice pics, Rick! Can't wait for tomorrow...

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:03 PM by rback Highlight this comment 60

By the time the season starts, how many tours will you have been on, Rick? More or less than Joe Mauer?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 61

It will be interesting to hear how far afield (sorry) "open house" attendees are allowed to wander. I'm hoping that clubhouse, press-box, etc. areas are not off limits.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:14 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 62

Hey everyone, just made my reservation for the April 3rd game with St Louis for the Metropolitan Club so they started taking reservations now if anyones interested, not sure if this is old news already Lol. I too am going on the open house tour this weekend and was also curious if the whole park will be open for exploring, have fun on the tour RiCK!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:26 PM by Justin Highlight this comment 63

mort, i believe that lights behind home plate are off so that fly balls or high pop ups don't get lost by the players. It's similar to why there is a batters eye. Of course if I happen to be wrong feel free to correct me.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:33 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 64

Justin - I always used to wonder why the light stanchion behind the plate at the Dome was turned off too. It dawned on me last year - it's so the catcher doesn't get 'blinded by the light' trying to catch those pop-ups behind the plate.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:33 PM by luke Highlight this comment 65

Then I suppose the next logical question would be: Why have the lights at all?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:39 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 66

oh Luke. *sigh*

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 67

To anyone who is at the Legends Club Open House or was today - need a little remote help please. The Invite says that there are guided tours tonight, but when I called the ST hotline, the rep knew nothing of the tours.

Anyone know where if there actually are tours tonight and, if so, where to pick them up?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 68

I'm back from today's event. With only an hour before childcare duties resumed, I had to move pretty fast and didn't really have time to do as many updates as I would have liked. But I got a lot of photos, and will put up a gallery tonight.

jfh, I knew there were supposed to be tours, but if there were any, I didn't find them. I asked one guy tending to the Champions Club about the Twins clubhouse, and he said it was only open to tour groups, but that he didn't know anything more about it than that.

Ben, pretty much everything was wide open with only a couple of exceptions for things which didn't appear finished yet (like the Town Ball Tavern).

More to come!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:03 PM by Rick 69

Wait, so the press box and clubhouse were open? Sweet!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM by rback Highlight this comment 70

Rick - thanks. My daughter is scouting around now; if she finds anything I will post.

You would think if it's the very first thing on the invite for tonight that there would be signs or something somewhere on the LC level... but then again, they may have decided to can the tours.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:12 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 71

Totally unrelated to the tours which seems to be the subject of focus but: does anyone know which game they'll present Mauer with his MVP award at? I know they tend to do it early in the season; will it be part of the Red Sox series?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:19 PM by FPM2K Highlight this comment 72

oh Jax *sigh. Good heavens, if you're gonna sigh at me, you might as sigh for billymays up there, who said essentially the same thing.
"mort, i believe that lights behind home plate are off so that fly balls or high pop ups don't get lost by the players."

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:22 PM by luke Highlight this comment 73

should have been "might as well sigh..."

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:23 PM by luke Highlight this comment 74

Public open house.

Just received an e-mail from the Twins.

EXTREME MAKEOVER, BALLPARK EDITION
Believe it or not, the wait is almost over. Target Field is here and nearly ready for business. A public open house is on the horizon for March 27, and we'd love for you to join us!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:33 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 75

I just think it's cute that you figured it out when the catcher turned around to catch a pop up when the other 8 position players are actually facing that direction the whole game (as billymayshere stated.) :D

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:33 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 76

Isn't the 27th the date of the Gopher game? Perhaps they are now calling it an open house instead of a Gopher game.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:34 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 77

Is Mauer going to sign anytime soon? I've een waiting about 5 weeks and nothing is happening. What on earth is Mauer waiting for? Just sign it, Mauer!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:35 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 78

Yes, the Gopher game is also the public open house.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:43 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 79

:D Jax.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM by luke Highlight this comment 80

To be clear, the Twins have been calling the Gopher game a public open house from the very beginning.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 7:13 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 81

I never knew it was an open house until the February press release. I knew about the game months ago but didn't who would be able to attend the game or that it would be an open house. Maybe I just don't read the right stuff! lol

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 7:19 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 82

I am somewhat excited that it is going to be cold tomorrow. My wife and I already own dugout jackets and other cold weather Twins gear. We're going to give them a crash run tomorrow. We're going to see exactly what things are going to be like and give it some time in our seats. :-)

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 7:26 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 83

Got my season tickets today, couldn't be happier!!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 7:36 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 84

There will be a beer and a hot dog of choice waiting at Gate 34 on home-opening day for whoever posts a photo tomorrow of Manfred Mann and his "date".

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 8:07 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 85

LOL.. Manfred Mann! Yeah, I'd like to see a copy of that pic too.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 86

Does anyone know where the best places to park would be? Both, in affordability and in proximity? I will be going to the tour tomorrow and I am coming from St. Cloud. Any tips?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 87

TTH why aren't you goin?? I wanna see what we're really dealin with here.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 8:42 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 88

I am going to try the North Star Line from Coon Rapids to Target Field on Sunday.

BTW, think I found a picture Manfred's date:
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o104/babesthatlovebaseball/Under%20Belly/blowupdoll.jpg

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 8:43 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 89

Josh

I would take the Northstar train from Big Lake......less driving and it takes you right to the gate.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 8:57 PM by Mike115 Highlight this comment 90

That's why TTH didn't really care that I got my open house tickets a couple days ago Jax. Cause he wasn't going.

Don't worry. I'll have pictures.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 9:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 91

if Mauer signs a contract for $20m+ a year, how much will my $29 seat cost next year and the next....?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 9:18 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 92

Jax, one thing for certain. If they don't sign him, there won't be nearly 22,000 season ticket holders next year and the year after.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 9:44 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 93

Oh, I'll be there tomorrow afternoon, but I wasn't going to mention it, because:

NOBODY CARES!!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 94

The Twins will find a way to keep Mauer. I think the front office is thinking the same thing jpberka...they're going to have a tough time selling tickets if they dont sign him.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM by luke Highlight this comment 95

sweet TTH - are you bringing a date too?

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:00 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 96

The are still some unfinished enhancements surrounding the stadium. They need to install the remainder of the light posts going up 7th St.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:14 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 97

"if Mauer signs a contract for $20m+ a year, how much will my $29 seat cost next year and the next....?"

Probably the same as it cost you this year... $0.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Natron Highlight this comment 98

sweet, thanks dear... Now I have it in writing!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 99

Mike,

I was going to do that, but then I looked at the train schedule and it would really limit us on things. We would have to leave our house at 11:15 or so, get on the train and arrive at TF at 1:25, and then have to leave at 3:55.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 10:33 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 100

Josh, look to 2nd Ave N for parking. Not metered on the weekend, and it should be fairly empty the further west you go.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:04 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 101

We N.D. leeches love the Twins...

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:05 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 102

all seven of us.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:06 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 103

Here is a link to a photo set from someone that was at the open house Friday evening.

Some nice shots.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:07 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 104

Thanks Chad!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:29 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 105

Rick - I look forward to seeing your pictures and reading your reviews of your experiences at TF this weekend.

I am going on Sunday and its just surreal to think that the TWINS WILL ACTUALLY BE PLAYING BASEBALL IN TARGET FIELD in two weeks!

It seems like yesterday when we were discussing the ballpark model on this same site in January 2008. No more concepts and renderings, its now a reality and the Twins will be playing the Cardinals in just two weeks at Target Field.

I also remember attending the Twins-Brewers series in Milwaukee on that weekend in May 2006 when the ballpark bill passed, Bud Selig was in the booth with Dick and Bert just a few feet from my dad and I in the stands. It sure doesn't seem like its been nearly four years now...what once seemed so far away, APRIL 2010 is now upon us, lets buckle up and enjoy the ride Twins fans! No fans are more deserving of a true baseball experience than us Twins fans.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:36 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 106

I still have my BUILD IT! button lol

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:39 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 107

I would love to see some pictures from the trapezoid section as well as the Powerball Pavilion underneath it. I've got some tickets right next to the trees out there and would love to get an idea of what the view will be like. Of course, as already stated, also immensely curious to see what the view from the Batting Eye area looks like.

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 12:11 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 108

Jax,

I still have my "Save the Met" t-shirt. If I can fit my manboobs into it, I'll be wearing it in July when I'm up there.

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 12:16 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 109

That's nothin' --- I still have a "It Takes Leather Balls to Play Soccer" T-shirt (Kicks).

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 01:13 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 110

wtf?

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 09:40 AM by bulldog Highlight this comment 111


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Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)






Polo Grounds from the south



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



The spruced up triangle really doesn't show much connection with the ballpark.






Intersection overview



I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.



Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?



The Seventh Street facade



This is what will count as a knothole (actually, it's a gated entrance)



Staircase entrance. You cannot miss them.



Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".






Camera mounts



I took this picture just moments before Morneau's homer landed almost exactly where I had been standing. If only I hadn't wanted to watch the game...



A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game



This is during halftime.












This is a background image extracted from one of the blueprint pages. It's essentially a schematic of the park (Terrace Level). In it you can see the shape of the various seating areas (to a certain extent).



Hops! (conceptual only)



Photo by Jeff Ewer



Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)









Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway






A view of construction from the B ramp. This looks toward Seventh Street, over what will be Gate 34 (the main entrance).






Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)






The admin building (note TF logo on banner)






Here is where the signature art (original Twins logo) will be placed.



This is the back of the Cisco Field scoreboard, showing video to folks out on the plaza.



Some of your fellow BPMers at a game in May of 2010 (we had almost the whole section)



Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)



Loading docks to the right, VIP entrances to the left.



Look at all those flag poles! But wouldn't the one from Met Stadium look great just inside the gates in the middle of that entrance plaza?



Another look at the outfield stands (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)






This may look like just some guy (perhaps a spy) headed for the train. But it's actually the Northstar engineer!



Steel going up fast.



We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.



This is the Carew gate covered in plastic.









The circulation ramp on the north now has its louver framing.


Glossary

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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(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(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
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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