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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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Big board, as viewed from section 327, row 9.



A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon



Work in progress.



Section 139, Row 8



Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.






Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)



Stepping inside the circulation building



The future history of Minnesota ballparks will go here






Train. (What is it about baseball and trains?)



TC meets the Mayor (Photo by Jeff Ewer)






Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)



The action drew everybody to the top step. (Click to enlarge greatly.)












Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.



Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)






Scoreboard






Love the red flowers -- just like the original concept drawings. That NEVER happens.



This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.



The Lincoln Saltdogs (and a promotional Nerd)



Actual LRT tracks are now in the street, and buses now pass over them before entering the transit hub.



Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.






Serious home dugout work in progress.






Infield dirt used as accents






A view of construction from the B ramp. This looks toward Seventh Street, over what will be Gate 34 (the main entrance).



Directly above the ceiling here is the hidden concourse which served the upper deck prior to the renovation. That concourse was closed off to the public, but became a service level for ballpark employees. It's one of the many quirks which will be lost when the wrecking ball takes the place away.



Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door



Work has begun on the plaza, and the activity has started to impact I-394 traffic.






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



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CBP: retro in facade only












Because of the scale, it's sometimes hard to realize that there are actual guys down there doing the tough work! Here they are getting ready to pour a footing.



This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.


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