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Introducing the Site

May 31, 2006 10:56 PM

Early Concept Drawing

The new Twins ballpark will be built on a 2-square-block site located in the warehouse district just to the northwest of the downtown core. It is between 5th Street North and 7th Street North, bordered on the southeast by North Third Avenue (which is a service road with an entrance to I-394), and on the northwest by railroad tracks.

The site was first suggested by the group known as Urban Ballpark. The concept drawing above was prepared by this group, which currently supports the effort to build housing adjacent to the park. This development is known as Twinsville.

The park would likely have the smallest footprint of any park (excepting, possibly, Fenway Park) in the major leagues. The site is 729 feet by 524 feet. By building over the railroad tracks, the width can be increased to approximately 647 feet.

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To view the site interactively with Google Earth, click here.

To view with the preliminary site plan overlaid, click here. (Be sure to turn on Buildings to view the skyline from the site.)

(Google Earth is a free download.)

Some other ways to view:

Google Maps
MapQuest
Yahoo Maps

Currently the site is occupied by the Rapid Park surface parking lot. Prior to parking, the land was used as railroad yards for more than a century.

Some landmarks within walking distance:

- Three large municipal parking ramps
- Target Center
- Butler Square
- The HERC Plant (Hennepin County Garbage Burner)
- Ford Centre

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I have heard recent rumors that a different location is being considered...a location which would land the ballpark between I94 and the Mississippi River near Lowry Avenue. Is this true or just another rumor?

Posted on February 20, 2007 at 2:54 PM by Joel Highlight this comment 1


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Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.



Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)



A portrait of the 573 Club.



Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Notice the temporary railing extensions



Door to the visitor's clubhouse.



Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)



The Pro Shop



A sidewalk has sprouted between the HERC and the LRT tracks!



Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.






Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)



Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.






A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.



LRT station has appeared.



The lights have covers on the top, presumably to reduce light pollution



Cleveland



Work in progress.



Welding workers



An arch under construction.



A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...









One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.



This is where the plaza meets First Avenue



Flowers. Real flowers.









Footings for the Seventh Street walkway from the A ramp.



Florida









These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.






The brick has been tinted where the circulation ramp meets the admin building.






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.



These outfield stands will likely remain visible to passersby.



Now from the inside looking at the same area.












Forbes Field



New Year's Eve, 2008



It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.



This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!






Pillows!



July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)


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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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