As mentioned earlier, one of the best climate-controlled views of construction is from the 7th floor elevator lobby in the A ramp. (That's Noah getting his first glimpse of the new ballpark.)
As I write this, I'm reading first word that Torii has reached a deal with the LA Angels. He'll be playing in our new ballpark only as a visitor. *Sigh*
The other day I mentioned that the Downtown Journal ran a two-page spread (View as PDF) on some ballpark details. Regular readers here already know most of what was printed, but there were a few interesting new details.
- Windows on Seventh Street and the HERC side look into (or out of) the concession stand areas. This has great potential to brighten the interior and humanize the exterior (assuming you won't be looking at some hot dog vendor's ass).
- The mysterious triangle-shaped grassy knoll will be surrounded by wooden benches, and the frosted glass panel will "likely tell the story of Twins baseball." Do we agree that we're interested in a complete history of the franchise, and not just the Minnesota portion? I mean, Walter Johnson? Goose Goslin? Sam Rice? Heinie Manush? 1924 -- one of the greatest World Series wins ever? OK, there were some, ahem, lean decades. But, really...
- The plaza is slated to contain locust trees -- that is if they don't get cut out of the budget.
- Tinted windows will help reduce solar heat gain. This probably works toward LEED certification, but I have no idea how this is coming. Building "green" isn't just a good idea. It's an essential social responsibility. Let's hope this has remained a priority.
I meant to include this shot the other day. It's the new LRT bridge being built next to the remaining half of the Fifth Street bridge. The new half is almost TWICE the width of the portion torn down. And the other end runs right into a HERC administration building! (Click to see the view from nearly the same spot about 85 years ago.)
- Steam from HERC will play a role in heating some areas.
- The street lamp designs seen on the model and animation are just placeholders. Nothing has been decided there.
- A cistern is part of the design. It will capture rain water which will be later used to irrigate the field.
- Heating the seats again gets a mention. This continues to be on the radar, but I've heard nothing optimistic about this from people in the know. They may just be blowing smoke on this one.
- The canopy may have solar panels on top. Really great idea.
- Wood for the circulation ramp enclosures will be "reclaimed from local sources." In other words, don't throw away that old fence wood! The Twins may need it!
Then there's this gem:
"Scores will be posted on a champagne-colored scoreboard." You mean, like, baseball scores? Really?? Wow.
The Ballpark Authority web site has added a section dedicated to construction photos. Natalie Hunter, the photographer, got to walk around in the mud and get some close-ups of dirt and trucks and footings and such.
"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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In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.
Gate 6 is quite large
Killebrew's mammoth shot on June 3, 1967 is currently memorialized on a wall at the Mall of America
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.
Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.
Parking ramp knothole
The connection from the corner of Seventh Street and Second Avenue. You can now see where the little grassy area and franchise history board will be (the triangular area in the foreground).
Up close, this is what you'll see as you walk along.
Met Stadium seat colors (click for the complete image)
Larry DiVito, mowing
A portrait of the 573 Club.
From the best seat in the house (Section 8, Row A), the right field corner is blocked. (No one may care. Fine with me. People should know.)
The past is the future. Seriously.
You'll be able to park here for a quick stop at the Pro Shop or ticket window.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Directly above gate 6 "Oliva" on the Club level.
The steel cage expands.
The rules were clearly posted next to this new entry point on the Seventh Street side. I have no problem with the rules!
Snow-blowing the field
The Northstar station at night
For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.
Steps going up at Gate 29/Carew
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).
Trees now line Seventh Street
Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)
Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.