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Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.
The gate has grown a row of sponsorship
OK, just how many servings per container?
Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.
From the roof of the B ramp, you can see just how futile it will be to get a glimpse of the action.
The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
Air conditioning condensation on the floor.
On this day, George was handling fruits and veggies right inside gate 34.
Our host points to the Puckett Atrium on the diagram.
Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)
From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
LRT at the ballpark
This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.
Carew atrium menu part 1
Glare from the IDS never looked this sweet. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
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.
Gate 29 "Carew" is at right.
Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.
I don't know if the back side is also a test for materials, but it could be a hint of how the exposed steel supports will be finished. Or it could just be to hold up the stone.
The plate marker is just to the left.
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
This is the area above the pro shop, with some new support structure
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
That's Tony Oliva checking out ballpark construction from the roof of Target Center.
Here we are waiting for the first train to arrive at the station (Nov 14).
If you are into shade, there are lots of opportunities. This is from the last row in section 108 -- scoreboard not blocked in the least.
Name that ballpark
Puckett atrium menu part 1
The visitor's clubhouse at Target Field. (Photo by Javen Swanson)
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