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Watch Out For That Railing!

April 15, 2007 11:26 PM

I only have time for a quick update today, and I decided to answer a small piece of my own curiosity. Check out this diagram:

Field Comparison

That's the new playing field dimensions (in color) superimposed to scale over the Metrodome dimensions (in grayscale, based on the meticulous diagram by Andrew Clem).

So, just how much less foul territory there will be in the new park? The answer is: a whole lot less! I'm just eyeballing it, but it looks like less than half to me. (I welcome input from anyone who wants to do the math and get an exact number.)

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How much of foul territory will also be filled with tarps or media areas for photographers/cameramen? I hope that there is a large enough space for a Twins logo behind home plate. Thanks for such a great website!

Posted on April 17, 2007 at 01:53 AM by James Highlight this comment 1


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The view through a construction "knothole".






I suppose that one day my son will graduate from Mrs. Fields to Hooters. At least he won't have to travel too far. *Shudder*



Here's the current overview from the south side of the B ramp (from which the banner at the top of this page was culled).






Chef stand and menu in the Carew atrium






You are forgiven for wondering whether architect Tom Oslund is, in fact, a visitor from the future.



I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)



The Pohlads were loose. A-Rod looked, um, you decide.






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Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)



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Dave St. Peter introducing the first physical models of the ballpark in June 2007



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