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...)
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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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3037 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.
Gate 29 Carew
A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)
This is the main entry to the Pro Shop. The second entry, located just outside the turnstiles, is indicated by the arrow.
Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)
Hey! That limestone looks familiar!
For those not wishing to suffer through my media rant, please enjoy this picture of my lilacs in full bloom.
Upper deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
Poles through the gap
Brick work just inside the opening matches the color of the limestone - per Jerry Bell's requirements.
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.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
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A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.
Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".
Above the Carew gate
Here's the field of posts which will support the third base side of the grandstand. Some walls have started to appear about where the Northstar riders will enter the park.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
Red is old Yankee Stadium. This diagram comes from FieldOfSchemes.com
As mentioned earlier, one of the best climate-controlled views of construction is from the 7th floor elevator lobby in the A ramp. (That's Noah getting his first glimpse of the new ballpark.)
Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)
Section A, Row WC
This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.
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.
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
This will be a bar/restaurant.
No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...