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
Explore the Site
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Door to the visitor's clubhouse.
Circulation ramps: Wrigley (classic, integrated) and Kauffman (modern, external)
From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.
Purple flowers above Second Avenue
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
Click to enlarge.
A spot that's always full!
Dramatic night-time lighting.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.
Circulation building with construction team on top
Photo by Jeff Ewer
A Hrbek tribute wall marks the end of the Carew side of the club
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
Looking back toward First Avenue
I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.
A mysterious smile from within a very deep planter!
New section labels, but some curious choices.
This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.
Snow-blowing the field
This shows the area where the Northstar platform connects with the ballpark (that translucent oval). Above that is the area which will house the Twins operations offices.
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.
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
Puckett atrium chef stand menu
The plate marker is just to the left.
Solution for a hot night, just inside Gate 34 (that's a cool mist, by the way, not hot steam, which would be kind of cruel)