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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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The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)



From an earlier visit: Don't bother with those escalators either. They were also roped off. And how about a bench? Or a planter? Or even a trash can? That woman is doing the only thing she can: leaning up against a post to do her texting.






Roll-up metal doors visible at right.



It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!






A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).



The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.



Wind veil install from across Seventh



Up there is where I plan to buy a lot of hot dogs. You can see the vending areas developing rather quickly around the completed portion of the upper concourse.












Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)



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






Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)



The Northstar stop has a name.



That's some scary-ass scaffolding, if you ask me.



That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.



Concourse ceilings (from the Ballpark Authority's May update)






Rally Hanky (2002 ALCS)



Path of quick escape.



There are some great banners on fencing down Target Way. I'm not sure just who sees them.



Click to enlarge.



This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.



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.



I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)



This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.






Circulation building with construction team on top






Walkway entrance from ramp



This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.



The dish!



The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)



After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)



The Faithful!



Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)



Looking through the transit hub



Lots of people are doing it.






Guthrie Theater (original design colors)






Some people will go to work here every day.



A mass of rebar and complicated cable runs ready for a pour.



I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.



Future station?


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HPB - Home Plate Box

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LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

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SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

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