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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I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.
Print press box
This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?
Pile driving in progress
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
Work in progress to improve the streetscape on Second Avenue
One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.
The view from our Loge Box
The media all turned out!
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
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I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.
Outside the Metropolitan Club, photos of all the other major league ballparks
Looking across the top of the batter's eye
The Ceremony (VIP in the crowd)
Wind veil install from across Seventh
Saints between innings
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).
TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)
The Pantheon (with inset of the magic eye)
The Carew gate ticket windows have grown a small awning.
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Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
A peek through a tiny gate.
Lots of people are doing it.
Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)