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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:

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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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I think AP is in there somewhere...





















The back row of seats in straight-away center. Note that, beyond those seats, you can see the planters (for flowers) on the front of the Left Field Bleachers.(Batters Eye)






Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room



Up inside the circulation building. (That's the LRT platform visible through the windows.)



A look at Gate 34.






The storage tunnel is barely visible at left behind that guy.



Midway Stadium (seen from our tailgating spot across the parking lot)






The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.



Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.



This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.



Toronto






Print press box









Photo by Jeff Ewer



No admittance -- yet! Note that you can see the seating bolts which are in place already.



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



Scoreboard in profile against the skyline



I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.



Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)






Off-topic, but this gigantic, cool, retro sign is just across the street from S&CH. Why? I don't know. Might look nice on top of one of those municipal parking ramps...



Wow! Looking good.



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



Flagpole historian Ben McEvers at far right (click for the full photo set, graciously loaned to this site by Pat Backen)



This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.



This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.









Special guests in the trees!



The Ballpark Wall! (really stunning)



Also warming things up are these planters.



They can put a camera just about anywhere. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)









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



A mysterious smile from within a very deep planter!



This looks from the base of the stairs, behind the big pillars, toward the street.






WCCO-TV building


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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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