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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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Name that ballpark






"Hey look! There we are!"



One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.






Some of Minneapolis' finest checking out the construction through a spot where a knothole will be one day.












Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)



A last look on the way out.






In the foreground you can see the supports for the plaza as it will meet the corner of North Seventh Street and Third Avenue North.



TC meets the Mayor (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Showing more of the context for the louvers.



Detail on the main gate, with Target Field sign






Steel meets concrete, with the last rays of sun visible through the suite and concourse openings at left.



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






Yes, son, Memorial Stadium used to be right there, just beyond those gates.



























A Killebrew tribute covers part of the wall where the entry doors are located near the escalators.



Mussina's first pitch. (Playing 3rd: Not A-Rod)



You won't see much sky from these seats, but you'll always be warm












One of those funny little sections above the entrance stairs



20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.



Home Run Porch Terrace



Another deck to come...



One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.



The outfield stands taking shape.









This would be a beautiful streetscape if there were ANY people.



4th inning in the nearly deserted Home Run Porch View Level in left.



Event Level



Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!



Guthrie Theater (original design colors)






Life in the shadows


Glossary

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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Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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Original edition (2000, round)
 


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