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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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The dessert carts came out earlier, and looked even better than last year.



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






A cross section of the field construction. (Click to enlarge.)



Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)



Where you are, and where you can go.



The Seventh Street facade



No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...



Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)









The brick has been tinted where the circulation ramp meets the admin building.



Signage for the concession stand which is available from the plaza (plaques are up on the fencing)



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



A look at Gate 34.



Infield dirt used as accents



8:12 PM It is now in the area where, if it gets down far enough, it will shine into the eyes of a right-handed hitter.



Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.






Of the players up there, only Bert does not have a gate with his number (28) on it at Target Field. You know, there is that door underneath the skywalk on Seventh Street between gates 14 and 29...



Click to see the full-size image.



Dedicated closed-captioning ribbon board



Puckett atrium chef stand menu



Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)






Gate 29 escalators



This looks toward the middle of the park. The third base side of the Legends Club is to the right up ahead, while the 573 Club is just barely visible at the end of the hallway. It extends to the left.



Citi Field as viewed from Shea.












The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.



Some brick work out in the centerfield pavilion.



The view out Gate 6 "Oliva".



The plate marker is just to the left.



A view from up (and in) the street.















CBP: retro in facade only



I never think of Ron Jackson at all.



Work going on under the steel.



Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp



The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)






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



Kirby Jr. set to take down the last number






Nearby, workers are finishing a support column. The guy at the bottom is using some sort of personal dirt mover (inset). Very cool.


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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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