October 5, 2010 1:05 AM
The first Sunday in October, what a great day. The shadows are just long enough to see that summer is packing its bags.
Night games are much preferred by the players at Target Field. You can see why.
But the air is still warm at its center, the breeze not yet as harsh as it will be. The sun still has something to offer to your back.
In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.
The sky is still the purist blue...
...the grass still needs to be mowed...
...and, thankfully, someone still needs to line the field with chalk for the next game.
But now, with an amazing regular season gone, there's already lots to remember.
The statue of the Pohlads was unveiled before the game and instantly became another posing opportunity.
A folder full of scorecards, a box of mementos, and a clutch of photos tell quite a story -- even though the last act hasn't been written yet.
Kids are still running around in parks and backyards, but heavier coats, mittens, and hats (without brims) have started to appear.
TC gets ready to release the hounds. (Kids get to run the bases after Sunday games.)
The out-of-town scoreboard, such a focus of scrutiny in recent days, has already started to sink into the background again.
Did you know that the out-of-town scoreboard is covered by a black chain 1ink fence?
But these fences will see more action. The Overlook may grab more balls out of the air.
The Overlook, as seen by outfielders
And there's no denying the very real sense of opportunity in the air -- both inside and outside the ballpark -- for the coming days, and the coming years.
Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!
This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.
Though it is an October Sunday, and the glorious season of baseball cannot go on forever, we can take pride in the fact that the sun is not yet as low over Target Field game days as it will be. Like a sunset that just won't fade, prepare yourself for a last fiery burst of color.
There is magic in the air. Just how awesome is that?
And be sure to join the BallparkMagic 2010 Playoff Challenge. It's easy, and there are prizes!
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"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
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Mystery door on Seventh Street...
The Hrbek gate is directly below. It's a lively place after a game.
That's Bert back at the Met on Photo Day, September 15, 1974.
That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.
Footings for the Seventh Street walkway from the A ramp.
Here's the current overview from the south side of the B ramp (from which the banner at the top of this page was culled).
The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.
Work in progress.
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
Do you need to know the score?
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
Hops! (conceptual only)
Name that ballpark
Main ticket window area
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
Staircase entrance. You cannot miss them.
Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
A closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.
This is some of the signage in place for concession stands.
He'll always be a fan favorite, but did you know that he's making $18.5 million this year? The Twins' entire outfield today, combined, makes $7.45 million.
Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.
What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
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
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