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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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Catwalks provide access to the View Level seats (from the Ballpark Authority July update)



Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)






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Mussina's first pitch. (Playing 3rd: Not A-Rod)



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Usher Anna hands out Homer Hankies



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Lots of speakers, but in some places, no sound.



Fencing is going up all along the plaza



The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.



Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)









Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)



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The plaza as seen from the B ramp.



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