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...
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).
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.
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).
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!
"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
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3033 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Uh oh. Schizophrenia.
A few details worth noticing (Kauffmann Stadium, New Comiskey, Comerica Park, Source: LP)
LRT at the ballpark
Auxiliary scoreboard (note to TF principles: this is a very good idea)
Here are some less intrusive things things you can actually get at the ballpark.
Notice the temporary railing extensions
Above the Carew gate
Click to enlarge.
The plaza has been finished off just beautifully.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
A sidewalk has sprouted between the HERC and the LRT tracks!
September 23, 2007
That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.
Up inside the circulation building. (That's the LRT platform visible through the windows.)
This is why I get it, even if I don't like it.
This is the entrance behind home plate (not visible in the renderings which have been released). It shows that the upper deck is set back from the facade -- a very good thing if it remains in the final design.
Here we are waiting for the first train to arrive at the station (Nov 14).
Workers against green
Did you notice the flowers?
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Suite level view
The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?
The view from the upper concourse.
Nearby, workers are finishing a support column. The guy at the bottom is using some sort of personal dirt mover (inset). Very cool.
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
Here's where the plaza will empty out around that skyway emergency exit tower at the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street.