OK, you get the idea. Even after having been inside many times, I was once again blown away by what I saw today. So many details have slipped into place, and some of these wonderful spaces have been finished off in even more wonderful fashion.
The addition of people brings any space to life, but there was so much more. The sounds, the smells, the biting wind. Yes, it was an amazing hour that I spent wandering the facility, snapping photos of nearly everything that I saw.
It would be impossible to get to them all tonight. So here are just a few that stand out to me.
People! (In the Legends Club)
Bartenders! (Legends Club)
Guys in chef hats! (Puckett Atrium, with my back to Kirby's picture)
Giant screened images! (573 Club, my back to Seventh Ave windows)
Press box, hallway to the print room
There are so many gigantic images on walls and glass that it would probably take weeks to catalog them all.
One of those funny little sections above the entrance stairs
View from the batter's eye seats
Looking across the top of the batter's eye
Bird's-eye view of the trees
The view from my seats in Section 237 (The Trap), Row 1 (can't see much of center field without standing up...)
Bench seating just off the plaza
Entrance to the First Base Lounge -- the photos are of a bunch of guys who've played first for the Twins
Entrance to the Champions Club
You won't see much sky from these seats, but you'll always be warm
Left field bench seating
From the TV camera platform -- the view you'll see on TV
Outside the Metropolitan Club, photos of all the other major league ballparks
A great view from the balcony outside the Metropolitan Club
My visit got off to something of a rocky start when the guy at the gate tried to find my name on a list. I knew it wasn't there, of course, and I had no idea how to get in if this guy made a big deal out of it. Luckily, he looked at my ticket, crooked his eye at me a little bit, and then said, "Have a good time."
It was the first of many wonderful interactions I had with the ballpark staff. Everybody was positively giddy, and smiley, and friendly.
But I came away with the feeling that you could probably wander around the place for days without seeing everything interesting there is to see. I'll try to expand my wandering tomorrow.
Oh, and it was just above 30 degrees the whole time I was there. Even so, if there had been a game, I would have been in my seat watching it!
Don't forget to text in your photos and thoughts while you are there tomorrow. (Subscription and posting info is in yesterday's article. Quick summary: Subscribe to: email@example.com, post to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow the mobile posts at: http://twins.ballparkmagic.com.) It worked pretty well for me today, though it did cut off one of my posts for some unknown reason. But the photos got through just fine. Unfortunately, I found myself a little bit too overwhelmed to do much texting...
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3037 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
A look at Gate 34.
A beautiful, glowing sunset after the rain.
Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite
For some inexplicable reason, a lot of the new parks being built these days feature grand staircases like this one.
8:22 PM The sun has caused glare in the webcam, but you can still see the reflection affecting the upper deck behind home plate.
This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.
The first completed mural
Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!
Do you think somebody's already cooking hot dogs out there?
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
Those little oval additions are positively laughable!
Looking up toward Sixth Street.
Press box, hallway to the print room
Opening day, 2010
Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Limestone still dominates the Seventh Street walkway from a pedestrian point of view. But brick take over as you move upward -- a concession to cost, no doubt.
Final Metrodome baseball sight
Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)
Glass going in over the Oliva gate.
At TF, you never know when you may bump into a Pohlad
Note that, even though the scoreboard appears strategically placed, it's the outfield stands which block any potential view of the field from this roof.
Fun with section counting!
The action drew everybody to the top step. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Chef stand and menu in the Carew atrium
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!