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:
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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"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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Gate 29 Carew (note the walkway above open to the street where you can shout down at your lost friends to tell them where to meet you)
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
Clemson Memorial Stadium
Ballpark elevation viewed from Seventh Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Beams connecting the plaza to the Target Center walkway
Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)
And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
Photo by Jeff Ewer
One of the many supports being built over the tracks.
At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.
Night (about the 7th inning)
The view through a construction "knothole".
Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway
Train. (What is it about baseball and trains?)
Don Swanson, left, in-coming commander of the Richfield American Legion, and Joe Kennedy, right, out-going commander, are pictured with the Legion's new flag pole, which once stood at old Metropolitan Stadium. (Click to enlarge.)
"Hey, Ma, it says here we go in at gate 34. Must be all the way around on the other side!" Seriously, though, this is a really inspired idea.
Clyde Doeppner proudly displays colored bricks he scavenged from the Met during its demolition. These are the colors in question!
I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.
This is where the main ticket office will be.
Press box, hallway to the print room
Knothole non-view #1
Looking back toward the doorway into the club
I love these upper neighborhoods.
Work in progress to improve the streetscape on Second Avenue
Very interesting detail starting to appear here.
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
th the ballpark.
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