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Poised and Ready

May 15, 2007 2:20 AM

Tomorrow morning the media (including yours truly) will get an introduction to, and tour of, the ballpark site. I suspect that all the TV stations will be there, so you'll be able to see some snippets on the nightly news. But I'll have pictures and report here all the really interesting stuff that they don't have time for!

Here are a couple more pictures from the last few days...

Left field foul pole location

Luckily, there was no car parked in this particular spot, which is surprisingly far away from Ford Centre and Fifth Street. From the drawings I would have expected it to be much farther to the northeast. I could not find the right field marker, but I think it would have been somewhere in a small grassy area behind the Rapid Park office trailer (not pictured).

Home plate detail

John pointed out in a comment to my last post that the small yellow dot which is visible in the pink blob above "H.P." is the actual location -- within one quarter of an inch! -- of the exact location of the plate (presumably the pointed corner). I should add that Dave St. Peter told me that the actual playing surface will be somewhat (but not very much) lower than the parking surface.

John also pointed out that I was mistaken in my reading of some of the markings. The word "fence" is painted where the construction fencing will go, and not the outfield fence. Also, what looked like backstop markings to me were actually something else.

Panorama

This is my official "before" panorama of the site. The entire area which is visible here will be utterly transformed over the next three years (click for the full-size version).

Poised and ready

I took this one late this afternoon. The southwest end of the lot was no longer available for parking, and cones had appeared at the locations of the bases. As you can see, heavy machinery is standing by to start digging.

So there is your infield as seen from somewhere out in right-center.

Just after I took this picture, a truck bearing the logo of a construction company appeared, and I sensed that I was being shooed away. It occurred to me that tomorrow may be my last actual entry into the site until I can purchase a ticket. Hopefully, the team will allow occasional hardhat tours for photo documentation. We ballpark geeks need to be kept up to date!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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If you ever get a chance, could you post pictures of what downtown will look like from the stands in different places? Good site by the way!

Posted on May 15, 2007 at 1:58 PM by Robert Highlight this comment 1

Great update. I'm interested to hear if any of the nearby developers (like Hines, etc) have any updated plans for building residential overlooking the park. Having that dimension could really give the park a different feel once it opens...

Posted on May 15, 2007 at 5:27 PM by Jeff B Highlight this comment 2


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Instrument of evil.



Outside, lots of window space



The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.






1885 Sanborn Map Image (Source: Sanborn Map Collection, Minneapolis Public Library, Copyright © 2001 by The Sanborn Map Company, Sanborn Library, LLC)



The lights have covers on the top, presumably to reduce light pollution



Dan Kenney, my tour guide



This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.



The parking bay structure is now clearly visible






This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?



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As mentioned earlier, one of the best climate-controlled views of construction is from the 7th floor elevator lobby in the A ramp. (That's Noah getting his first glimpse of the new ballpark.)



Click to enlarge greatly



Limestone facing and flowers on the right field overhang






Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!



The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)



The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.



A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



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(Click to enlarge.)



Double plays will be turned here.









Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.






The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)



Knothole non-view #1



This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.






The angle on the main scoreboard from the Batter's Eye is surprisingly good -- acceptable, at least.



Lower deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.






A new restaurant going in at Fifth Street and Second Avenue



Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!



Pile driving in progress



Now, why is there horse shit on the street next to Target Field? (I saw it in two places. Mounted police maybe?)






Photo by Tyler Wycoff





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