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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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Target Plaza in model form









"Original" or "Dinger" Dog



Today's match-up (click to enlarge)



In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.









The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.









Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)



Quote wall






Detail on the main gate, with Target Field sign






Did you know that the out-of-town scoreboard is covered by a black chain 1ink fence?



Look! Speakers!



Walkway entrance from ramp



Here's another look at the Oliva gate.



One half of those windows are well-used.



June 29,1936 - May 17, 2011



A new restaurant going in at Fifth Street and Second Avenue



Section 101, Row 34






(Click to enlarge greatly)



The wooden louvers are in on Fifth Street






Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.



The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)



Brick work just inside the opening matches the color of the limestone - per Jerry Bell's requirements.






Oh no! Beach ball! But click to enlarge so you can see the wide range of expressions on people's faces. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)



New section labels, but some curious choices.



Lots of work has gone into detailing the fronts of these decks. That is a little thing, but a NICE little thing. (HRP View)



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



Today's match-up (click to enlarge)



World Series trophies on display at left












A desolate Marquette Ave



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.



From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.



That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...









Ketchup, mustard, relish, mustard, ketchup





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