Play Ball! Finale
April 29, 2009 1:45 AM
In case you missed them, here are three great photo galleries:
- This one from MplsGreg has some of the best recent Target Field images I've seen.
- This video from the Ballpark Authority covers, among other things, some of the upgrades for bicyclers and pedestrians.
- And this one covers the somewhat dramatic first lighting over at TCF Bank Stadium. (Here's hoping the Twins announce when they'll be doing the same thing at Target Field so that we can all gather round and enjoy.)
I'm working on a couple of big things, so stay tuned.
And before I sign off, a few more of these, on the way to 81 Things I Won't Miss About The Metrodome:
#8 - The Ghost of Bob Casey (Loved his legacy. Hate that no smoking announcement.)
#9 - Tiny video boards (on which many events look smaller than if you look directly at them)
A few about the playing surface and area:
#10 - Infield cutouts (let there be dirt all around)
#11 - The Baggie (30-foot wall? yes! banner draped over folded-up football seats? no!)
#12 - Homers landing in said folded seats (anywhere, ANYWHERE but football seats)
#13 - Rubber outfield walls (walls should be WALLS, not trampolines)
#14 - Blue "wrestling matt" backstop (looks like the weight room in my high school)
#15 - The "dome ball" (superball-style high-bouncing chopper)
#16 - Mesh foul poles (they're nets, not poles)
#17 - The ghostly football grid (vacuum all you want, I still see the 50-yard line)
#18 - Obstacles in play (namely, those god-forsaken speakers)
#19 - Twins in the 3rd Base dugout (it's just plain unnatural)
#20 - "Dropping stuff" promotions (yes, they make lemonade out of a lemon, but I won't miss them)
#21 - The vast swath of obstructed-view seats in right and center
And a very big one:
#22 - Impermanence (at a moment's notice, the Metrodome could -- and will -- be somebody else's stadium... I LOVE it that the Target Field seats will have the TC logo!)
I had lots of time to think about these while watching the Twins stink it up against the Rays on Monday night. It was a gift of Upper GA tickets which took me and Noah there (on the train, of course). The best part was that he made it onto the scoreboard (I sent his picture to that Qwest promotion for the 5th inning)!
You got some things you won't miss to add to the list? I'm listening.
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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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Mussina's first pitch. (Playing 3rd: Not A-Rod)
On this day, George was handling fruits and veggies right inside gate 34.
Left field bench seating
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.
Note reflected sunset (7:30 PM). Could be a worry...
Click to enlarge.
Roped off for the LRT crowd
The circulation ramp on Fifth Street is shaping up very quickly.
The ballpark development area expanded by 1000 feet in each direction
A look at Gate 34.
A true fan out in the bleachers
A mini-freeway! (Police action in progress...)
These tracks actually travel beneath the admin building and come out on the other side
Flag poles, fencing, main entrance gates
The Carew lounge was all ready for some corporate event.
This is the Metropolitan Club as viewed from the future Ballpark Authority office space.
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
A Hrbek tribute wall marks the end of the Carew side of the club
Final pieces arrive
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
At Comerica Park, some aisles have railings and some do not.
We bumped into Jerry Bell (at right)!
This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.
More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.
Seventh Street circulation
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
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
TF - Target Field
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures