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If you are into shade, there are lots of opportunities. This is from the last row in section 108 -- scoreboard not blocked in the least.
Looking through the transit hub
(Click to enlarge.)
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.
This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.
The plaza as viewed from across the park. The right field overhang section will be built just in from where the plaza supports are.
A classic profile on the horizon
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Here's a closer look.
Packed SRO beneath the notch.
Catwalks provide access to the View Level seats (from the Ballpark Authority July update)
Field access on the visitor's side
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
June 29,1936 - May 17, 2011
Bird's-eye view of the trees
A Killebrew tribute covers part of the wall where the entry doors are located near the escalators.
Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Detail of view to the northeast (Source: LP)
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.
Did you notice the flowers?
Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
The circulation ramp on Fifth Street is shaping up very quickly.
Best view available from the "B" ramp.
Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
Here's the view of the entrance ramp to 394. Looks like they are painting...
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
A timeline of design and construction of the ballpark. (Click to enlarge. Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
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