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
Explore the Site
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Carew atrium menu part 2
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
A scene repeated about a million times each game
Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.
Gate 3 ticket window
The service entrance area in left-center, now with bench seating
This looks up Sixth Street from Hennepin. Just imagine what this will look like during a night game!
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
Ullger warms up.
Click to enlarge
Believe it or not, the actual outfield wall will be about where this fence is now!
Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.
Window area sketched by the limestone
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
Another deck to come...
More flowers, more pennants.
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)
The rendering which excited a fan base! (Inset is an enlargement of the pictured neon sculpture.)
All three seating mounds
A true fan out in the bleachers
The pink thing is a mascot. (Actually, with a damn fine mascot actor underneath.)
Mussina's first pitch. (Playing 3rd: Not A-Rod)
Ben took this picture of me (carrying my mostly useless camera) and Twins rep Chris Iles down by the admin building
Note reflected sunset (7:30 PM). Could be a worry...
Look at all those flag poles! But wouldn't the one from Met Stadium look great just inside the gates in the middle of that entrance plaza?