- 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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Ben took this picture of me (carrying my mostly useless camera) and Twins rep Chris Iles down by the admin building
A great view from the balcony outside the Metropolitan Club
Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
Click to enlarge greatly.
This view, also from the same warehouse roof, shows the newly-rebuilt viaduct on North Seventh Street.
4th inning in the thinning crowd of the Grandstand.
TC caps everywhere! (Is that you?)
Showing more of the context for the louvers.
The outfield stands taking shape.
Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction
A view into the Legend's Club
Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)
Secret entrance exposed!
Seating mound (seen from the B ramp)
Memorabilia on display in the Metropolitan Club
Indications that club seating (the wider spaced areas above each dugout) will be a major presence in the lower deck
Delmon Young getting warmed up
The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.
Target Plaza looking toward the grandstand
This is why I get it, even if I don't like it.
The wooden louvers are in on Fifth Street
This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.
Ready for action.
Here's the view of the entrance ramp to 394. Looks like they are painting...
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place