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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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's the current overview from the south side of the B ramp (from which the banner at the top of this page was culled).
Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.
The first pitch.
Field access on the visitor's side
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Here's a detail from the above image, showing the LED strips up close.
Also warming things up are these planters.
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction
Looking for some detail
Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.
I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.
That's Jacque Jones looking up in awe at the Great Greenness.
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
Actual LRT tracks are now in the street, and buses now pass over them before entering the transit hub.
The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)
Name that ballpark
This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.
Dancing for the cameras
August 2001 (a month later we were engaged)
It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.
The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.
Looking toward the Farmer's Market site from the balcony of the 573 Club at TF
Mussina's first pitch. (Playing 3rd: Not A-Rod)
That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.
Workers against green
Peering through Gate 34
Carew atrium menu part 1
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The parking bay structure is now clearly visible
Denard Span ready, in a swoop of sunlight.
And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.