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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:

Google Maps
MapQuest
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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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Since pictures of the ballpark are forbidden, perhaps you'll enjoy this shot of the lovely apple tree in my front yard.









Detail of the Puckett wall hanging






Legends Club fireplace (there are two)



The Northstar stop has a name.



A few details worth noticing (Kauffmann Stadium, New Comiskey, Comerica Park, Source: LP)



At left, across the tracks by that pile of dirt is where the Northstar commuter train platform will be built, and where Twins fans will apparently NOT be able to get a train after night games. (For reference, that's the Fifth Street bridge, with the ballpark site just beyond it. The east corner of Ford Centre is just visible at the right edge of the picture.)



From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).






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



I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.



A seating bowl comes into focus. Note that the netting has been installed on the foul pole. (Field Box)






Saturday afternoon, KMSP-HD 720P



The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".









Imagine this!



Looking up Fifth, with LRT tracks and B ramp at left






Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.









Loading docks to the right, VIP entrances to the left.



Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)



A beautiful, glowing sunset after the rain.



Click to enlarge.






Larry DiVito, mowing



Photo by Tyler Wycoff



Lots of sun, but not much scoreboard from 127



I'm not sure why there's a wreath on Gate 3. (I quickly checked the headlines for any dreaded Killebrew news. Whew.) It looks to be in celebration, maybe of the move.



Evidence of a food court behind the seating above the batter's eye






Ticket booths.






Griffith Stadium (notch visible in lower photo at far left)






A slightly different angle, and you can see some of the structural elements.



Click to see the full-size image.



Great sign



Just some of the lumiaries who turned out for the unveiling (Terry is clearly thinking about Sidney Ponson).



The glass area seen here is one of the warm-up areas.



From the B ramp, 6th level elevator lobby window



Gate 29 Carew






This is amazingly close to completed. It's a short tunnel entrance ramp to 394 underneath the outfield stands.



The county of my birth!


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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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