"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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Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid
The french fry lights were on!
Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.
The entrance at Gate 3.
This is a great spot for casually watching the game.
Dedicated closed-captioning ribbon board
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
The Pantheon (with inset of the magic eye)
Dramatic night-time lighting.
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!
Viewed from the A ramp.
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
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".
Jose Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal has towers much like I'm imagining to hold up our canopy while also making a bold statement on the horizon
A mural featuring the names of a bunch of Minnesota towns.
No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...
The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
Wright's Marin County Hall of Justice, San Rafael, California (1959)
7:42 PM It moves to the left in the image and begins to blossom.
Looking up toward Seventh Street.
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One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.
Detail at Gate 6
The Northstar stop has a name.
A timeline of design and construction of the ballpark. (Click to enlarge. Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
One half of those windows are well-used.
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.
Stairs down to the sidewalk from the skywalk over Seventh