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: firstname.lastname@example.org, post to: email@example.com, 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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Nuts on Clark (a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field)
The outfield stands taking shape.
TC meets the Mayor (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)
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.
Approach in the A ramp to the skywalk over Seventh
This is where the main ticket office will be.
For $19.95 you can load up your plate (one trip only)
Print press box
There are some great banners on fencing down Target Way. I'm not sure just who sees them.
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
Gate 3 "Killebrew"
A view into the Legend's Club
(Click to enlarge.)
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.
Name that band. Please. (Mick Sterling)
Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?
Rally Hanky (2002 ALCS)
Polo Grounds from the south
No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...
A very unique space
I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.
Solution for a hot night, just inside Gate 34 (that's a cool mist, by the way, not hot steam, which would be kind of cruel)
Before the team came out to warm up, Kirby Puckett, Jr. was playing Frisbee out in center.