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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This is what passes for imagination at Miller Park -- they didn't even get the shape right! (Source: LP)
The parking bay structure is now clearly visible
Left field bench seating
This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
Saints between innings
A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game
Scoreboard installation in progress
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.
An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)
Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?
Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?
New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)
Looking down Sixth Avenue toward the plaza
This would be a beautiful streetscape if there were ANY people.
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
This is the main entry to the Pro Shop. The second entry, located just outside the turnstiles, is indicated by the arrow.
From the TV camera platform -- the view you'll see on TV
The outline of an infield has appeared on the asphalt in advance of the ground-breaking on Thursday night.
Beams connecting the plaza to the Target Center walkway
I saw it at another park...
(Click to enlarge.)
Party deck down the right field line
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
Click to enlarge.
Looking through the Oliva gate, you can see the outfield stands.
Entrance to the Champions Club
Lots of work has gone into detailing the fronts of these decks. That is a little thing, but a NICE little thing. (HRP View)