My email box was still buzzing while I was down after wisdom teeth removal. Here are some of the goodies.
Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level
Here's a correction: The LRT platform will actually be able to load outbound trains from both sides.
I still have a couple of questions pending about these items, so I expect to have more to say on each of the photos above.
Next, a quick flag pole update.
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway
I swung by the Legion in Richfield a few days ago, and the old Met Stadium flag pole is still there in all its 100-foot glory.
My contacts there tell me that one scheduled removal date came and went with no activity, and another has not yet been scheduled.
While the flag pole represents barely a dot on the "i" of Target Field, it sounds like all parties have put in a lot of effort to make this special connection to Twins ballpark history happen.
I'll let you know when I have more details.
Last week was the 75th anniversary of the truck strike and labor riots which took place in the Minneapolis warehouse district. More specifically, the riots were centered around two downtown locations.
The first of these was the labor union headquarters, located at 215 South Eighth Street (now occupied by St. Olaf Catholic Church). The second location, the city market, was much nearer and dearer to our hearts because it was on the block now occupied by Target Plaza.
Here is a picture of the National Guard on duty on Second Avenue North at North Sixth Street (the corner where Target Center, Butler Square, the B ramp, and Target Plaza all meet). The buildings in the upper right of the picture occupied the block where I-394 now roars, and above which we will saunter to baseball games next summer.
Channel 4 did a short retrospective on the anniversary last week (which was overshadowed by the 40th anniversary of the moon landing). It also includes mention of another restaurant closing in Block E.
And, before I forget, our friend Shane was featured last week on the WCCO news talking about the new web site dedicated to the history of Memorial Stadium.
The site is way cool. Budget a fair amount of time before clicking here.
Thanks for stopping by today, and for keeping the discussion interesting while I ice my cheeks for another day or so.
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"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
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Home Run Porch Terrace (bottom) and View (top) as seen from the top of the B ramp
Also viewed from the B ramp, that's the upper deck in left field.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
A Hrbek tribute wall marks the end of the Carew side of the club
The equivalent spot on the model.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
This looks toward the middle of the park. The third base side of the Legends Club is to the right up ahead, while the 573 Club is just barely visible at the end of the hallway. It extends to the left.
I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.
This is the Seventh Street circulation ramp. Note that the floor is covered with plywood to protect it during construction. Not all construction firms are as careful with this type of protection as Mortenson.
Lots of people are doing it.
Emergency access viewed in context
Notice that the wooden-backed club seats are now covered by a green tarp for protection from the elements.
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place
The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
The back row of seats in straight-away center. Note that, beyond those seats, you can see the planters (for flowers) on the front of the Left Field Bleachers.(Batters Eye)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.
Wind veil framing (from the inside)
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction
Gate 6 is quite large
The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.
This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.