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.
"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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This is a closer look at the steel work.
Crosswalk taking shape.
Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
Flagpole historian Ben McEvers at far right (click for the full photo set, graciously loaned to this site by Pat Backen)
That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation
Trees now line Seventh Street
Section 139, Row 8
At the end of the balcony you can see down the promenade.
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
A few details worth noticing (Kauffmann Stadium, New Comiskey, Comerica Park, Source: LP)
Seventh Street windows
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
From the roof of the B ramp, you can see just how futile it will be to get a glimpse of the action.
Very nice Admin glass.
Target Plaza in model form
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?
From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.
Ready for action.
The first completed mural
Waiting for a train. Reading on the promenade. How urbane.
At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.
The finished product.
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.
Best view available from the "B" ramp.
From the best seat in the house (Section 8, Row A), the right field corner is blocked. (No one may care. Fine with me. People should know.)
The green in question (click for very large version)