- 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.
"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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The steel cage expands.
Looking from the doorway to the south, across Seventh Street
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.
This is NOT Twins Territory anymore
Here's another look at the Oliva gate.
Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)
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.
Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Which way to the skyway? Really??
The action drew everybody to the top step. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
A little more imaginative is the circulation building for Northstar.
The outline of an infield has appeared on the asphalt in advance of the ground-breaking on Thursday night.
Concourse ceilings (from the Ballpark Authority's May update)
Actual LRT tracks are now in the street, and buses now pass over them before entering the transit hub.
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)