Getting back to the plaza design for a bit, here is some additional detail on the player/fan appreciation wall. First, this from the renderings which were released with the unveiling:
From the overview, this shows the entire wall from behind -- freeway directly below.
Up close, this is what you'll see as you walk along.
Next, here is a front elevation of the concept plan:
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
Along the same wall area will be pennants -- one for each year -- containing the complete roster for the team. Presumably these pennants will begin in 1961.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
Combining the information from these views, it looks like there will be eight 300-name boards, and lots and lots of room for pennants. This fencing goes all around the plaza, providing protection from falling to your doom in traffic below.
The quotes across the top are a great touch, and the whole thing is a great idea, though I can imagine that some fans will wish they could just "buy a brick" somewhere. They should be thankful that the process has been classed up a little bit.
Like many of you, I spent some quality time last week in the "virtual waiting room" at the Cubs online ticket office. Unlike some of you, I never even got to sniff around for spare seats. I just plain never got through.
A quick check back later confirmed that almost everything had been completely cleaned out. About that time reports started surfacing that most of these tickets were now for sale at nearly twice the face value on one of the ticket "broker" web sites.
This set me to thinking a little bit about the economics at play here and the role that these rules must play in the Twins' decision-making regarding ticket prices at Target Field.
See if you agree with the following:
1. The true value of a ticket is whatever someone will pay for it.
2. If a ticket can be acquired at below its true value, it can be resold at a profit.
3. Conversely, if a ticket can be sold for a profit, it was originally purchased somewhere below its true value.
4. Selling tickets at below their true value leaves money on the table.
5. Teams should, in order to capture the maximum revenue, immediately raise their prices to something approximating the levels at which tickets are selling on the secondary market.
It's really pretty simple supply and demand stuff, but the implications for getting a cheap seat to a Major League baseball game are somewhat dire -- especially in a 40,000 seat venue.
There are certainly some downward pressures on prices. For example, the price increases which would be needed to match the secondary market would immediately cause a backlash among the fan base. That backlash might not result in less tickets being sold, but it certainly could result in less interest for TV and radio broadcasts of the games. There's nothing like a sense of elitism to turn off the population as a whole.
There is also the risk that tickets which seem valuable now will not be nearly so valuable by the time the game is actually played. If the Cubs start stinking up Wrigley again, prices will tumble and the brokers will be left holding the proverbial bag.
Also, in the case of the Twins, there was a commitment made to keeping at least some seats cheap so that anyone can get in.
That's a laudable goal, but if the market will bear, for example, a doubling of those cheap prices, then the scalpers -- er, ticker brokers -- will snap them up as fast as they can and get them resold at a market rate. Simple economics.
The truth is that demand will be setting the actual prices at Target Field for the first few years. Oh sure, you may get lucky and get through to buy some tickets at face value on the web site -- surely not every ticket is being bought by a broker or his agent, right?
But the chances are greater that anyone wanting a seat in the new ballpark for the first couple of years may be forced into the secondary market, where the team's decisions on pricing have no sway.
"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
Explore the Site
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Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
The Northstar station.
Here is where the signature art (original Twins logo) will be placed.
Night (about the 7th inning)
Saturday afternoon, KMSP-HD 720P
A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.
Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.
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I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?
The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.
I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)
Guthrie Theater (original design colors)
Sure would be nice to cover that metal grid with more wooden louvers, eh?
This view, also from the same warehouse roof, shows the newly-rebuilt viaduct on North Seventh Street.
Here's the view of the entrance ramp to 394. Looks like they are painting...
An escalator was going in the day I was there.
Walkway entrance from ramp
Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)
A mural featuring the names of a bunch of Minnesota towns.
Snow-blowing the field
Wind veil framing (from the inside)
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Roped off for the LRT crowd
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
Larry DiVito, mowing
I set up my late inning "office" at the drink rail behind section 206
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
Original outfield configuration
Detail on the main gate, with Target Field sign
I have no idea what this is or does, but as gear goes, it's totally boss, man. (Attached to a railing just off of the Trap)