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The Plan

June 2, 2006 1:14 AM

At this writing, everything is preliminary. The twins have admitted that all the drawings (and presumably the model) were just concepts, and have nothing to do with how the actual park will look.

So, until there is an architectural plan to look at, here are some of the documents which were used in support of the project. (Warning: Some of this is pretty dry stuff...)

Text of the Law (HF 2480)

House Supporting Documents

(PDF) Minnesota Urban Ballpark Proposal (Environmental Impact)

(PDF) C-17 Early Report Regarding the Site

(PDF) Twins Original Proposal

(PDF) HOK Preliminary Architectural Plans

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Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!



Brick work just inside the opening matches the color of the limestone - per Jerry Bell's requirements.



Also from the same lobby, other window, a view which will clearly disappear before too long...






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Also warming things up are these planters.



Steel meets concrete, with the last rays of sun visible through the suite and concourse openings at left.



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.



Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)



Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony






Name that ballpark



Roped off for the LRT crowd






Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?



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Usher Anna hands out Homer Hankies



The blue line now indicates where the back of the accessible seating ends and standing room begins.









Mussina's first pitch. (Playing 3rd: Not A-Rod)



Gate 3 ticket window






Griffith Stadium (notch visible in lower photo at far left)









Someone please get those poor people a drink of water. (Gate 34, after the game had started)









A great view from the balcony outside the Metropolitan Club



Mauer steps in for the first time.



Seventh Street windows



This is NOT Twins Territory anymore



B ramp improvements are finally becoming usable. The doors lead to the plaza beneath the skyway steps.



The Northstar stop has a name.



Of the players up there, only Bert does not have a gate with his number (28) on it at Target Field. You know, there is that door underneath the skywalk on Seventh Street between gates 14 and 29...



Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)



Stepping inside the circulation building









This is the last hope for so-called knot-hole views. I'm skeptical.









Fenway has posts. Target Field does not. But...



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.





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