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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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Photo by Tyler Wycoff



This view, through a B ramp window, won't last forever.



1885 Sanborn Map Image (Source: Sanborn Map Collection, Minneapolis Public Library, Copyright © 2001 by The Sanborn Map Company, Sanborn Library, LLC)






The glare problem.



Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.



The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.






I know you've seen this, but I can't get enough of it.



Final Metrodome baseball sight






Here's another look at the Oliva gate.






Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)






Millers fans leaving Nicollet Park after a game in 1923, where a trolley was waiting. (Click to enlarge.)



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Skinny dugouts at TF



Two plazas in Spain. (Brad and I were pretending to steal coins from the fountain. We were all just so darn funny back in high school, eh?)



Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)



Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)



The circulation ramp on the north now has its louver framing.



This is NOT Twins Territory anymore



A classic profile on the horizon



Photo by Tyler Wycoff









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



Clyde Doepner's Met Stadium Memorabilia (Source: LP)



This looks like a Twins Pub, but is actually the scoreboard operations.



Not me, but it might as well be.



Here's the field of posts which will support the third base side of the grandstand. Some walls have started to appear about where the Northstar riders will enter the park.



A truck is leaving the HERC plant. Here you can see the proximity to the promenade. For the record, the truck drove right by me and I smelled nothing...



The creative design of the admin building stands in stark contrast to the horribly pedestrian appearance of the LRT platform. This design looks like it came out of a public transportation manual.



This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.



Some people will go to work here every day.



The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.












And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.



Actual LRT tracks are now in the street, and buses now pass over them before entering the transit hub.



A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game



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






This is the left field pavilion in the original concept model. The restaurant pictured to its right has been moved, and the seating area has been extended at least one full section toward center.



The Legends Club retail store is just visible at the right of this picture.


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HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

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