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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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Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)









Great sign



Better them than me



The restaurant.


















This looks up Sixth Street from Hennepin. Just imagine what this will look like during a night game!



Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.



The bridge is Seventh Street.



The Target Center rooftop patio. Hardly glamorous, but a great view of the ballpark.



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



The Northstar station at night



Puckett atrium menu part 1






Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)



Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza






After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)






Upper concourse



A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.



Also warming things up are these planters.



The plaza as seen from the B ramp.



Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)



The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.









The green in question (click for very large version)



Detail of the Puckett wall hanging



They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.



Panels arriving on flatbed trailers in front of the Twins' dugout.






Hit gap, win suit!






The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.






Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)








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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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