- 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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Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
Also from the same lobby, other window, a view which will clearly disappear before too long...
LRT at the ballpark
The Legends Club retail store is just visible at the right of this picture.
Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level
No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...
Shh. Don't tell those people working behind the ticket windows about these automated ticketing machines (underneath the plaza stairs)
Dancing for the cameras
Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)
Our cantilever friends will be happy to learn that there will be sections with views like this in the new stadium.
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.
These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?
This mural is behind the staircase. The window looks onto the promenade, and the door goes to a kitchen.
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
This is the actual entrance for Gate 6. Notice how close the seating will be. The back row of the lower deck will be mere inches beyond that inner support post.
The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing
I would put on this face.
Items promoting the Twins 2014 All-Star Game bid. I got to bring one of these buckets home, and Noah got his first-ever taste of Cracker Jacks.
Another look at the outfield stands (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.
This is one complicated streetscape.
Do you need to know the score?
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).
What a great sight!
Click to enlarge.
The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.
Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?