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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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This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!



Also from the B ramp entrance off of Third, a look up at the tiny crack between ballpark and parking ramp



That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...






Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.



Purple flowers above Second Avenue



A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).



Wright's Marin County Hall of Justice, San Rafael, California (1959)



A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets



The Overlook









Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)



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The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)















Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.



Thome steps in.



The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)






Viewed from an A ramp elevator lobby.















No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.









That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation






Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.






This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.









August 2001 (a month later we were engaged)



Work going on under the steel.



Larry DiVito takes a last check of everything before the game starts



Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)






This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.






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...



I still counted 11 flag poles...








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

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