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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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.





Daylight (pre-game)









This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.



A trailer village has sprung up to the south.



Click to enlarge



Sign installer dude



Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction



Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?



The dessert carts came out earlier, and looked even better than last year.



Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)



Topped off.



Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)



Love the lighted, translucent panel



That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.






An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)



This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!



This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.



Open house skeptics



Glare from the IDS never looked this sweet. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)









Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)



The suite mock-up





















The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...









Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level



This mural is behind the staircase. The window looks onto the promenade, and the door goes to a kitchen.



4th inning in the thinning crowd of the Grandstand.



Open concourses do mean that you can glimpse the field no matter where you are, but not really the game.



A close-up of the rooftop party deck.



Camera mounts



Click to enlarge greatly.






Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.









This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.



Knothole non-view #1



1885 Sanborn Map Image (Source: Sanborn Map Collection, Minneapolis Public Library, Copyright © 2001 by The Sanborn Map Company, Sanborn Library, LLC)





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HPB - Home Plate Box

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LC - Legends Club

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