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Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Here's a quick look into the layout of the Metropolitan Club.
Concrete molds are being removed!
I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.
Trees now line Seventh Street
This little pathway snakes between the LRT tracks and the Environmental Services Building, emptying into the parking area surrounding the HERC. It could be for maintenance, but it looks more like it's for convenience.
This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.
I still counted 11 flag poles...
This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.
Limestone will cover this pretty soon, but for now you can see where the escalator is.
Giant screened images! (573 Club, my back to Seventh Ave windows)
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.
Steps going up at Gate 29/Carew
Overview of the storage tracks.
The alumni band sounded great.
Here's where the plaza will empty out around that skyway emergency exit tower at the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.
This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
The Carew gate ticket windows have grown a small awning.
I never think of Ron Jackson at all.
And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.
Sky through steel.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
Dedicated closed-captioning ribbon board
The sculpture on which millions of kids will one day pose.
Some brick work out in the centerfield pavilion.
Seventh Street circulation
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.
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.
The 1963 team won 91 games! (Click to enlarge and see the names)
Reverse stairway view
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures