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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The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
This shows the area where the Northstar platform connects with the ballpark (that translucent oval). Above that is the area which will house the Twins operations offices.
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
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)
Puckett atrium chef stand menu
What are they hanging over there?
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
A new address for the Admin building
I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.
Just lighted panels... *sigh*
Walkway construction is progressing
Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room
Hey! That limestone looks familiar!
I love this view of the Basilica.
The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.
This is where the main ticket office will be.
More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.
The rendering which excited a fan base! (Inset is an enlargement of the pictured neon sculpture.)
At the base of the B ramp, the foundation for the center field stands.
Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)
Apparently, there will be public restrooms accessible directly from the plaza.
People! (In the Legends Club)
Photo by Jared Wieseler
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)