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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Note the speakers hanging beneath that deck
Hubert's remains the only sports bar within site of the Dome after 28 years of its existence. It's a cautionary tale.
The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing
The process of building the canopy is really amazing to watch.
I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
Look closely at the overhang. You'll see the on the right it is flush with the fence, and then it sticks out farther and farther as you move toward center. More fun for Michael Cuddyer.
What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.
Looking for some detail
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.
The county of my birth!
Limestone still dominates the Seventh Street walkway from a pedestrian point of view. But brick take over as you move upward -- a concession to cost, no doubt.
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).
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.
Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!
(Click to enlarge.)
This is a background image extracted from one of the blueprint pages. It's essentially a schematic of the park (Terrace Level). In it you can see the shape of the various seating areas (to a certain extent).
Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)
A peek through a tiny gate.
I saw it at another park...
Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.
Look at all that blank space. Canvas! (What should go on those walls? A giant schedule perhaps?)
The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.
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