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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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Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)



A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).









In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.






Which way to the skyway? Really??






Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.



The electronic sign has been corrected (and never forget that ballpark is one word, not two)



A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.









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This is a closer look at the steel work.



Suite level view

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Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings






From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.



A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...



Do you need to know the score?



Here's the entrance from the seating bowl.






Polo Grounds from the south



This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.



Our host points to the Puckett Atrium on the diagram.



Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)






A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.



Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.



The east wall of the building looks like it will be the first part completed. These are probably supports for the plaza, and they hug the very edge of the site.



Looking back toward the doorway into the club



Bike parking available along Second Avenue









Party deck









The angle on the main scoreboard from the Batter's Eye is surprisingly good -- acceptable, at least.






An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)



Here is the most recent outfield configuration, captured from the animation video. We probably shouldn't make too much of the logos seen on the scoreboard: Best Buy, Dairy Queen, Target, Pepsi, Dodge and Qwest...









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That is pretty close... (Grandstand)


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