August 6, 2010 12:55 AM
"That was probably the perfect commercial advertisement, reason to have a new ballpark. There's no better reason than that. I know it works both ways, but to lose a game in a pennant situation like that because of the roof totally indicates why there's a crying need for a new ballpark in this area, regardless of where they put it.
"It just needs to be a real baseball field, where if you were to lose the pennant by one game and look back on a game like that because the roof got in the way, you'd be very upset. There's no better reason than that."
That's Joe Maddon talking about today's deus ex machina win for the Twins.
You know, I'm glad they got the win, but I hate dome ball -- win or lose. It just ain't real baseball. The day will come when we look back at the Era of the Roof-N-Turf with a disdain only slightly less than we have already for the Era of the Supplement.
Come to think of it, the latter is a collection of the sins of individuals, abetted by an indifferent system. The former was systemic from the start -- one great big bad decision that has affected thousands of games and millions of stats. Maybe that disdain equation should be reversed.
Speaking of roofs, I finally got a chance to see the Budweiser roof deck in person last Friday. I actually went up there twice: once before the game, and once during. It's quite a scene.
By now it's common knowledge that the view of the game isn't exactly the best one in the ballpark, but I was surprised by how much you actually can see.
The infield was visible from all but one seat:
Well, the infield was visible until there were people there, of course.
Believe it or not, the limited visibility is in no way a disadvantage. It just means that the roof deck isn't the place to be if you want to watch the game closely. It's a place to hang out, keep track of the game, and just have fun with a bunch of friends.
It's important to understand that this is by design, and the Twins are to be commended for how they've marketed this particular amenity. Expectations have been properly set, and the people using it seemed pretty happy with what they were getting.
Here's a quick look at the bar area, and some of the other details.
The fire pit is situated so that you basically have no hope of seeing the game directly (and the closest monitors are over by the bar, not exactly useful from here).
But it does give off a fair amount of heat, meaning it will serve well in September.
One thing I noticed is that, even though I believe it was sold out, it didn't feel the least bit crowded. There was plenty of space for everyone to stretch out, find a niche, and do their thing.
There are three rows of seats, but my impression was that if you have more than a passing interest in the game, only the first row will be sufficient. The rest are best left for those who want to just hang out.
Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?
Of the players up there, only Bert does not have a gate with his number (28) on it at Target Field. You know, there is that door underneath the skywalk on Seventh Street between gates 14 and 29...
The design cleverly concentrates a large portion of the standing room at the corner closest to the field. Predictably, that's where everyone wanted to be, though after the first row of people standing, the field is more of a concept than something you can actually detect.
But who's complaining? (Nobody on this particular night.)
Like the rest of Target Field, all things considered, the view is alright up there.
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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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Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)
Dancing for the cameras
North Loop Deli
The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)
Legends Club seats feature in-seat service
Note that the sign in the background will NOT be changed because "Twins Way" doesn't extend this far north.
The canopy as viewed through the outfield stands. The lighting approach, despite what you may have heard, is actually very traditional.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
A Killebrew tribute covers part of the wall where the entry doors are located near the escalators.
For those who have never seen it up close, that's what it looks like when steam comes out of the HERC plant.
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Actual LRT tracks are now in the street, and buses now pass over them before entering the transit hub.
I had to hold the camera as far over my head as I could to get this shot, in which the infield is finally visible. It's a spot made for your average Timberwolves player.
Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)
This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.
Seventh inning sing-along.
They could not help the Twins on this night.
Doors directly to the concourse, and a view of the stands beyond
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
This was on BPM night. Nice neon, but I'm still waiting to see the homer show.
...but you can get a feel for what it will be like.
I love this view of the Basilica.
Suite level view
Thome steps in.
Roll-up metal doors visible at right.
A mural featuring the names of a bunch of Minnesota towns.
Name that band. Please. (Mick Sterling)
You won't see much sky from these seats, but you'll always be warm
(Click to enlarge.)
Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)
At one point, we thought these windows might represent one of the so-called knotholes. But nope. Nothing to see here. (Nearest I can tell, there will be no view of the playing field whatsoever from the Seventh Street sidewalk.)
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures