Here are a couple of quick things I discovered today. The first is simultaneously one of the coolest and one of the saddest things I've seen in a long time. It's a video of the Tiger Stadium demolition in progress (it's now complete but for the dugout-to-dugout section which preservationists have managed to temporarily save) as shot from a remote control airplane:
Here's the link just in case you want to look at any of the related videos, which are mostly additional shots (from the ground) of the demolition.
Seeing this type of thing is always painful, especially for Tigers fans of course. I suppose there are those out there who do not realize that losing Tiger Stadium is pretty much like losing Wrigley or Fenway (which, by coincidence, opened on the same day in 1912). There simply should be gnashing of teeth over this.
I dig Comerica Park, but seeing these images certainly begs the question of whether Tiger Stadium could/should have been saved.
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Yes, and it could have been everything Comerica Park is (except in downtown) for about the same amount of money.
But Detroit is one seriously F'd up city. If you ever decide to go, be sure to tour the miles of burned out buildings from a riot that happened some 40 years ago. Oh wait -- you can't help it. They're right on your way out of downtown. And be sure to notice the classic -- and completely vacant -- skyscrapers. You can't really tell it on TV, but Detroit is a pretty sad place to visit (I had family there until a couple of years ago).
On to something more fun. Here's a new elevation of the Fifth Street facade for the ballpark which was tucked into the call for public art proposals issued by the Ballpark Authority (click to enlarge):
The art will be placed in recessed panels on this facade, and also in the oval-shaped portion of the administration building, which is actually the connection between the ballpark and the Northstar platform.
If you apply (or know of someone who does), send me your images. I'd love to see what types of ideas are out there.
Finally for today, here are a couple of renderings that I pulled out of the relocation guide PDF sent out by the team. These were actually backgrounds, but they are interesting in their own right (click either to enlarge):
No explanation is offered for why there are a whole lot of virtual people out in the center field concourse -- and nowhere else!
The whole 3D rendering (from which these images probably were captured) must be something to behold. The seat locator on the Twins web site is a bit disappointing because you can't go 360 degrees like the New Yankee Stadium seat locator which, I hate to admit, is a whole lot cooler, even though their stadium itself will not be.
Also, as you pan from left to right, you get into this sort of "Batman villain's lair" mode (60s series, of course -- what Batman were you thinking of?) where everything is at a weird angle.
Wouldn't it be great if there were a complete 3D model of the new ballpark -- concourses, restaurants, suites, press box -- for all the fans to explore? (I bet such a thing exists...)
"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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)
Plaza overview from the A ramp
A sampling of seats at Fenway Park
Wind veil framing
Jose Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal has towers much like I'm imagining to hold up our canopy while also making a bold statement on the horizon
Lots of work has gone into detailing the fronts of these decks. That is a little thing, but a NICE little thing. (HRP View)
Looking from near the entry doors toward the center, the atrium is just visible at the far right.
Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.
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.
Looking across the top of the B parking ramp. Notice that signage will block any attempts at seeing the game from up there. Also take note of the glassed in area which is part club and part office space for the Ballpark Authority.
Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.
Click to enlarge.
Near the end of the Angels' 4-run second inning.
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.
Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.
The Pro Shop.
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
Another piece of the neighborhood puzzle: the Northstar platform.