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Shaking It Off

January 18, 2008 2:26 PM

I'm shaking off the January blahs. And if you'd like to as well, check this out:

Ballpark Demolition Videos

You'll be able to kill a half an hour and get to see the demise of all those depressing donut-parks (plus one sad classic). It's a very cool collection.

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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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In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.



As mentioned earlier, one of the best climate-controlled views of construction is from the 7th floor elevator lobby in the A ramp. (That's Noah getting his first glimpse of the new ballpark.)






New section labels, but some curious choices.



Photo by Jeff Ewer






The finished product.



Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.






Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite



The glass area seen here is one of the warm-up areas.



20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.






A mysterious smile from within a very deep planter!



This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.



Camera mounts



Final pieces arrive



A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game






Arrival back at Target Field


















Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)



There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow! (I loved this place as a kid.)






A mass of rebar and complicated cable runs ready for a pour.



The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.






Viewed from the A ramp.



The storage tunnel is barely visible at left behind that guy.












Work beneath the scoreboard



An early concept drawing for the site



Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...



Good seats, but no scoreboard or sky.



Hooked up



Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)












Perched welder on the top of the canopy.














Glossary

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
 


(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(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
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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