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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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8:22 PM The sun has caused glare in the webcam, but you can still see the reflection affecting the upper deck behind home plate.



Dugout Box and Champion's Club sections are sequestered by separate moats



4th inning in the thinning crowd of the Grandstand.



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



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.



You can't get there from here.



Note that the sign in the background will NOT be changed because "Twins Way" doesn't extend this far north.



Pawlenty makes it official!



CBP: retro in facade only






Walkway connection






There are no caddies in baseball.



For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.



Some of your fellow BPMers at a game in May of 2010 (we had almost the whole section)






The New as viewed from The Old.






Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)



Florida



Looking up toward Seventh Street.















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...



The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.



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



A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.









Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)



Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)









Wrigley Field. Paradise? Not from these seats.



Denard Span ready, in a swoop of sunlight.









Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.



The Pro Shop.






A very busy place, as viewed from Target Center.



View from the batter's eye seats



573 Club



Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Better them than me



Photo by Jared Wieseler



Locations for ticket machines near the Hrbek outdoor plaza


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BRT - Bus Rapid Transit

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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

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