March 20, 2010 1:34 AM
So... many... things... to... see... do... photograph... where... start.. must... push... jaw... shut... looking... like... slack-jawed... yokel...
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...
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"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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Panels arriving on flatbed trailers in front of the Twins' dugout.
Another deck to come...
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
The spruced up triangle really doesn't show much connection with the ballpark.
New section labels, but some curious choices.
This is amazingly close to completed. It's a short tunnel entrance ramp to 394 underneath the outfield stands.
Off-topic, but this gigantic, cool, retro sign is just across the street from S&CH. Why? I don't know. Might look nice on top of one of those municipal parking ramps...
Center field seating
Click to enlarge.
A desolate Marquette Ave
4th inning in the nearly deserted Home Run Porch View Level in left.
Looking up Seventh Street (click to see what it looked like from the same spot in 1950)
Pawlenty makes it official!
These stairs will meet the skyway.
Now, THIS is just some guy who appears to be hanging out on the LRT tracks talking to himself.
Photo by Jeff Ewer
If you want, you can ask those folks how the game is going -- and even get a little bit of info from the big screen (Grandstand)
Now from the inside looking at the same area.
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
Circulation building with construction team on top
The Pro Shop.
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.
Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).
The first passengers are about to arrive, but the switch is set for the wrong track (those guys walked all the way out to correct it)
Today's match-up (click to enlarge)
At left, across the tracks by that pile of dirt is where the Northstar commuter train platform will be built, and where Twins fans will apparently NOT be able to get a train after night games. (For reference, that's the Fifth Street bridge, with the ballpark site just beyond it. The east corner of Ford Centre is just visible at the right edge of the picture.)
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
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