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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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– Bernie Williams

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Shibe Park






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






This is from inside the B ramp, where an entrance to the plaza will one day be






Above the Carew gate












There must be millions of details needing tending



Great sign






Since pictures of the ballpark are forbidden, perhaps you'll enjoy this shot of the lovely apple tree in my front yard.



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...



Photo by Jared Wieseler






Hardware in the window! (But why are there three trophies? 1924?)



That's Bert back at the Met on Photo Day, September 15, 1974.



You have to wonder just what happened here. Will it remain forever embedded in cement?












Work has begun on the plaza, and the activity has started to impact I-394 traffic.



Oh no! Beach ball! But click to enlarge so you can see the wide range of expressions on people's faces. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)















Today's late-inning office.









The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.



The media all turned out!



Field access on the visitor's side



The admin building (note TF logo on banner)















An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)






Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!









This view, through a B ramp window, won't last forever.



Signature trees?






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.


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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)

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