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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.
At the base of the B ramp, the foundation for the center field stands.
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)
This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
Photo by Jeff Ewer
This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!
A closer look into the park from down the street. How great will this view be during a game??
(Click to enlarge.)
Bird's-eye view of the trees
Supports viewed from beneath. These seats will be just a few feet from the outside edge of the building!
In the foreground you can see the supports for the plaza as it will meet the corner of North Seventh Street and Third Avenue North.
A closer look at the louvers
Glove from above
Looking through the transit hub
Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)
That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...
The Pro Shop.
This little item stands just to the south of the site, where the volleyball courts used to be. It has to be related to exterior finishing elements, which means this is the first glimpse of the actual stone to be used. Very buttery.
This looks up Sixth Street from Hennepin. Just imagine what this will look like during a night game!
Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp
A closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.
Just some of the lumiaries who turned out for the unveiling (Terry is clearly thinking about Sidney Ponson).
Met Stadium seat colors (click for the complete image)
Denard Span ready, in a swoop of sunlight.
This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.
A new address for the Admin building
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Lower deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
The glass area seen here is one of the warm-up areas.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
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