Two great games this weekend, and I was lucky enough to be at both of them (and fortunate enough to be napping on the couch through the third of the series).
Friday's game got off to a very weird start as two pitches in the first at-bat were fouled into our section. The first, regrettably, hit a woman sitting in the middle of a group of disabled fans. She was not able to get out of the way and medical help had to be called.
The second, however, came right toward us, eventually hooking directly into the waiting glove of the young woman standing next to Victoria. I congratulated her and told her that Dan Gladden was probably talking about her on the radio because he always appreciates it when a fan is prepared for such a moment. My cell phone captured her, still grinning, during the 7th-inning stretch:
Those front row seats in the upper deck are sweet if you're tall enough, but murder if you're not. I am just barely tall enough, but Vic had to constantly shift in her seat to see the plate between the bars of the railing. It made me wonder just how it is that no one has ever solved this all-too-common stadium problem (which will likely be found at Target Field as well).
I also got a chance to see part of the game from the Terrace Suite out in the right field corner. Those large suites, despite being quite obvious, are something of a well-kept secret. They're more affordable than you may imagine, and feature free beer and snacks throughout the game. It was one of the nooks and crannies of the Metrodome that I'm glad I got a chance to see. (Special thanks to my host!)
Oh Yeah, New Baseball Venue Being Built Across Town
I took a couple hundred pictures out at Target Field last week in service to a specific article that I'm still working on. Since it's taking longer than expected (and I've got a few other things brewing), here are a few quick shots that were not specifically for the feature I'm working on.
Branding on the plaza
The mounds have grown seating supports
T is for Twins
Mystery door on Seventh Street...
Locations for ticket machines near the Hrbek outdoor plaza
Artist at work
The electronic sign has been corrected (and never forget that ballpark is one word, not two)
This is what will count as a knothole (actually, it's a gated entrance)
I heard an interesting story last week from someone who bumped into the Metrodome organist, Sue Nelson.
You may recall that the Twins plan to move the current organ from the Dome to Target Field. But Sue told my source that they offered her a new organ, which she turned down. For one thing, she's quite happy with the current instrument, which hails from the 1970s. (I'm with her on that. Nothing wrong with it whatsoever from a fan's standpoint.)
But she also was not interested in dealing with the potential for a sponsorship deal for a new instrument. Though it was just an idea, apparently the Twins considered selling the naming rights if they acquired a new organ.
I actually think that's pretty creative, but Sue must have thought it might intrude on what she does, and you have to give the team credit for respecting her wishes. It shows that they're being creative -- but not heartless -- about generating new revenue. And they value their employees' opinions.
Get Your Tickets!
By the way, in case you missed it, there have been continued suggestions that we start our very own ticket exchange club here at BallparkMagic.
I never really thought much about it until I was the victim of highway robbery at StubHub last week. My fees and shipping charges were roughly equivalent to the price of one of the tickets (in other words, 1/3 of my total cost was fees and shipping). And the seller also had to pay a steep fee which probably meant a large loss on the sale. Worse, I couldn't see any of those additional costs until I'd entered all of my personal and payment information. (I've always believed that wherever you find "convenience" charges, you will also find anti-competitive, or at least sneaky, business practices.)
Also, I was dismayed to receive an email directly from the Twins which referenced my purchase. Just how would the Twins know that I purchased tickets on the secondary market? Turns out, it's all a big syndicate of sorts. Though StubHub isn't the evil Ticketmaster (it's owned by the nominally less evil Ebay), I'm reminded again that Pearl Jam was right (but I don't have to tell you that).
So now I've pondered the prospect of a ticket exchange at some length, and put together a proposal of sorts. For more info, drop me a line: trade at ballpark magic d0t c0m (that's code, by the way, which YOU should be able to convert into a real email address, but the spam bots probably cannot).
Now let's turn our energies toward the south side of Chicago!
This page was last modified on September 21, 2009.
"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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Tony Oliva, R. T. Rybak and Mike Opat
Branding on the plaza
Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
I took this because of the view reflected in the store windows. (The store is cool too.)
Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)
This may look like just some guy (perhaps a spy) headed for the train. But it's actually the Northstar engineer!
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
Ben took this picture of me (carrying my mostly useless camera) and Twins rep Chris Iles down by the admin building
Section A, Row WC
One of those funny little sections above the entrance stairs
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).
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
The outfield stands taking shape.
To the left, out of view, was a row of guys in very nice suits. Most I did not recognize.
(Click to enlarge greatly)
Work on one of the side panels
This looks south and shows how the Northstar tracks are sheltered by the promenade above. This is the side which faces the HERC plant.
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
The Northstar station.
These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?
Visual depiction of current stadium legislation
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
A mass of rebar and complicated cable runs ready for a pour.
Up inside the circulation building. (That's the LRT platform visible through the windows.)
A peak inside what will become the main concourse.
TCF Bank Stadium. Not for baseball, but still pretty cool to watch being built.
I love views like this. They show just how much Target Field shimmers. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
This is why I get it, even if I don't like it.
Griffith Stadium (notch visible in lower photo at far left)