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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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This is the left field pavilion in the original concept model. The restaurant pictured to its right has been moved, and the seating area has been extended at least one full section toward center.






Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)









There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow! (I loved this place as a kid.)



Dan Kenney, my tour guide



Entrance to the Champions Club



Sure would be nice to cover that metal grid with more wooden louvers, eh?



Indications that club seating (the wider spaced areas above each dugout) will be a major presence in the lower deck



This looks south and shows how the Northstar tracks are sheltered by the promenade above. This is the side which faces the HERC plant.



There are no caddies in baseball.



Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.



Here is the most recent outfield configuration, captured from the animation video. We probably shouldn't make too much of the logos seen on the scoreboard: Best Buy, Dairy Queen, Target, Pepsi, Dodge and Qwest...












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



A mini-freeway! (Police action in progress...)



Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P



Perched welder on the top of the canopy.



For those not wishing to suffer through my media rant, please enjoy this picture of my lilacs in full bloom.






Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)



Fifth Street louvers way up close






Not me, but it might as well be.






I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.



Hit gap, win suit!



(Click to enlarge greatly)






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!)



The Pantheon (with inset of the magic eye)



Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)



At TF, you never know when you may bump into a Pohlad



Reverse view, now looking down Sixth toward the park. The Met Stadium flag pole will be right there!



An escalator was going in the day I was there.



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.









I don't know if the back side is also a test for materials, but it could be a hint of how the exposed steel supports will be finished. Or it could just be to hold up the stone.






A final glimpse from the street of stadia installation along the left field line



Another look at the outfield stands (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)






An ice cream salad cone -- er, Walk-a-Taco



Home Run Porch Terrace








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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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