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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Plaza seating installation
For $19.95 you can load up your plate (one trip only)
The windows have started going in.
Open concourses do mean that you can glimpse the field no matter where you are, but not really the game.
Clyde Doepner's Met Stadium Memorabilia (Source: LP)
The HERC side, viewed from Fifth Street.
Section 101, Row 34
This is also the promenade, where the first indications of the final texture of the walkway can be seen. This layer of concrete is going on top of gravel (as has been done over on the plaza).
Delmon Young getting warmed up
Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.
Viewed from an A ramp elevator lobby.
No, that's not Kent Hrbek. It's catcher Glenn Borgmann.
OK, just how many servings per container?
Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)
Directly above the ceiling here is the hidden concourse which served the upper deck prior to the renovation. That concourse was closed off to the public, but became a service level for ballpark employees. It's one of the many quirks which will be lost when the wrecking ball takes the place away.
Skywalk over Seventh
Also from the B ramp entrance off of Third, a look up at the tiny crack between ballpark and parking ramp
From the TV camera platform -- the view you'll see on TV
Looking north (toward Fifth Street and the LRT station).