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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 main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.



Original outfield configuration



Clyde Doepner's Met Stadium Memorabilia (Source: LP)






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...












Also warming things up are these planters.



Secret entrance exposed!



The storage tunnel is barely visible at left behind that guy.






The Overlook



Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)



Shh. Don't tell those people working behind the ticket windows about these automated ticketing machines (underneath the plaza stairs)



Louver samples on display.



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Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew









These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.



Red is old Yankee Stadium. This diagram comes from FieldOfSchemes.com



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






Those two empty seats in the front row are where we started the game.












This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!



A spot that's always full!



Discussions in progress on some very brown grass...






The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.



Now from the inside looking at the same area.



A look at Gate 34.












Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction






This would be easy to miss, but I found it on a cart located directly behind the Batter's Eye seating on the upper concourse in center field.



Through the windows of the Metropolitan Club you can see one of the displays of Met Stadium memorabilia.



Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.









The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.



Back of scoreboard; facade in context.


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MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

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STH - Season Ticket Holder

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