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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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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.



Photo by Jeff Ewer





















Reverse view, now looking down Sixth toward the park. The Met Stadium flag pole will be right there!






573 Club









The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...



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Section 101, Row 27



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The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002






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That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation






The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."






I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?



Dugout Box and Champion's Club sections are sequestered by separate moats



I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.



Ice cream!



Looking up Seventh Street (click to see what it looked like from the same spot in 1950)



Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.



The littlest Twins fan: Truman



Also warming things up are these planters.



What can you see from up there? Some say not much.






Midway Stadium (seen from our tailgating spot across the parking lot)






Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings






Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.






Viewed from the sidewalk on Seventh Street. No skyway infringement needed.



Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)


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



Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.


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