"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."
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.
"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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The past is the future. Seriously.
A beautiful, glowing sunset after the rain.
This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.
Dugout Box and Champion's Club sections are sequestered by separate moats
Sue Nelson, and her organ, in one of the Twins Pubs
Lower deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
Here's another look at the Oliva gate.
Puckett atrium chef stand menu
Section 125, Row 1
The ballpark development area expanded by 1000 feet in each direction
ATM-style ticket machines have appeared beneath the steps to the B ramp (you can also enter the B ramp directly by walking past the ticket machines)
The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002
Wind veil install from across Seventh
Here's where the plaza will empty out around that skyway emergency exit tower at the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street.
Workers against green
A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
End of the line.
Gate 34 Puckett
This is a background image extracted from one of the blueprint pages. It's essentially a schematic of the park (Terrace Level). In it you can see the shape of the various seating areas (to a certain extent).
The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.
The Metrodome hot dog vendor. (Source: RP)
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
Trampled, repaired, and re-trampled grass
OK, people are definitely riding their bikes to games! (Photo by Tim Davis, courtesy MBA)