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 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Some of your fellow BPMers at a game in May of 2010 (we had almost the whole section)
Plaza extension reaches toward First Avenue
The Pro Shop.
Mauer steps in for the first time.
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)
Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.
Detail at Gate 6
This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.
Giant screened images! (573 Club, my back to Seventh Ave windows)
That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.
LRT throngs after the game
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Very interesting detail starting to appear here.
Looking through the transit hub
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
Overview of the storage tracks.
Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)
Just lighted panels... *sigh*
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
The main concourse.
Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)
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.
Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.
Auxiliary scoreboard (note to TF principles: this is a very good idea)