OK, here's the deal: I'm deep in the writing of my comprehensive review of TF, and it's coming along very well (I like the place), but it's a little like writing a book -- painstaking.
And speaking of books, I've just finished reading the new Target Field book by Steve Berg (which is spectacular, by the way -- go buy it) and I'm writing a full review on that at the same time.
Unfortunately, writing takes time. I have trouble tossing out half-baked ideas. That's just one of the reasons that I would make a terrible reporter -- I'd be missing deadlines left and right.
But I'm going to make it up to you by doing something of a photo dump over the coming days.
I've got literally thousands of pictures of TF that I haven't published yet, and I want you to see them. I've now poked into just about every nook and cranny of the place, and there are so many different gameday experiences to be had that it begs some elaboration.
Is there something you want to see but haven't? Put it in the comments. If I don't have pictures yet, I've got another opportunity scheduled next week.
We'll start today with the First Base Lounge.
The entrance from the service level corridor. (You have to pass the Twins clubhouse door to get there.)
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
I didn't check the menu too closely, but it looks like all the standard fare is available, and not much of the non-standard stuff.
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.
Besides making concessions and restroom breaks a breeze, a big draw is the shelter provided during a rain delay. Like the other such places (Third Base Lounge, Champion's Club, Legend's Club), this place is packed beyond belief when the rain starts.
I never think of Ron Jackson at all.
The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
Here's the view as you step to the front of the outer moat beyond first base.
It's a great view of the action, though standing here is somewhat discouraged.
Many people do not realize that anyone can go down into this area of the park during batting practice. That includes the lounge itself. Ushers start checking tickets once both teams have finished their warm-ups.
Just for fun, here is the complete list of players who have ever started a game at first base for the Twins (and how many games, what era) through the end of 2009:
Kent Hrbek (1567, 1981-1994)
Harmon Killebrew (853, 1961-1974)
Justin Morneau (764, 2003-2009)
Doug Mientkiewicz (587, 1998-2004)
Rod Carew (452, 1970-1978)
Rich Reese (395, 1967-1973)
Don Mincher (373, 1961-1966)
Ron Coomer (281, 1995-2000)
Ron Jackson (275, 1979-1981)
Vic Power (247, 1962-1964)
Gene Larkin (241, 1987-1993)
Scott Stahoviak (234, 1995-1998)
Craig Kusick (158, 1973-1979)
Bob Allison (131, 1961-1970)
David Ortiz (124, 1997-2002)
Joe Lis (78, 1973-1974)
Jim Holt (74, 1970-1974)
Dave McCarty (71, 1993-1995)
Michael Cuddyer (64, 2001-2009)
Matt LeCroy (59, 2000-2005)
Mike Cubbage (58, 1980)
Greg Colbrunn (52, 1997)
Danny Goodwin (52, 1979-1981)
Mickey Hatcher (49, 1981-1986)
John Briggs (45, 1975)
Paul Molitor (38, 1996-1998)
Tom Kelly (36, 1975)
Randy Bush (35, 1983-1993)
Orlando Merced (34, 1998)
Dan Masteller (33, 1995)
Jeff Reboulet (24, 1994-1996)
Paul Sorrento (23, 1989-1991)
Pat Bourque (17, 1974)
Scott Ullger (17, 1983)
Jesus Vega (15, 1982)
Terry Jorgensen (14, 1992-1993)
Jerry Terrell (13, 1975)
Brent Brede (13, 1997)
Todd Sears (13, 2002-2003)
Tim Corcoran (11, 1981)
Pete Mackanin (10, 1980-1981)
Denny Hocking (10, 2000-2003)
Terry Tiffee (10, 2005)
Steve Dunn (9, 1994)
Greg Wells (9, 1982)
Steve Braun (9, 1975)
Jeff Cirillo (8, 2007)
Jerald Clark (7, 1995)
Butch Huskey (7, 2000)
Garrett Jones (7, 2007)
Brian Buscher (7, 2008-2009)
Mike Stenhouse (7, 1985)
Andy Kosco (6, 1965-1966)
Julio Becquer (5, 1961)
Jose Offerman (5, 2004)
Roy Smalley (5, 1979-1985)
Kevin Maas (5, 1995)
Mike Lamb (5, 2008)
Vic Wertz (5, 1963)
Mike Maksudian (4, 1993)
Dave Winfield (4, 1993)
Bobby Kielty (4, 2002)
Gary Gaetti (4, 1985-1990)
Phil Nevin (4, 2006)
Brent Gates (3, 1999)
Tim Laudner (3, 1987)
Graig Nettles (3, 1968)
Kelvin Torve (2, 1988)
Casey Blake (2, 2000-2001)
Brian Harper (2, 1990)
Frank Kostro (2, 1964-1968)
Chip Hale (2, 1994)
Mark Funderburk (1, 1985)
Terry Steinbach (1, 1997)
Cotton Nash (1, 1969)
Pedro Munoz (1, 1995)
Danny Walton (1, 1975)
Al Newman (1, 1991)
Joe Altobelli (1, 1961)
John Moses (1, 1989)
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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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This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!
Also from the B ramp entrance off of Third, a look up at the tiny crack between ballpark and parking ramp
That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...
Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.
Purple flowers above Second Avenue
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
Wright's Marin County Hall of Justice, San Rafael, California (1959)
A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
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The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Thome steps in.
The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)
Viewed from an A ramp elevator lobby.
No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.
That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.
August 2001 (a month later we were engaged)
Work going on under the steel.
Larry DiVito takes a last check of everything before the game starts
Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)
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.
The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...