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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Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)
Loading docks to the right, VIP entrances to the left.
The closed concession stand.
Final pieces arrive
Don Swanson, left, in-coming commander of the Richfield American Legion, and Joe Kennedy, right, out-going commander, are pictured with the Legion's new flag pole, which once stood at old Metropolitan Stadium. (Click to enlarge.)
Hops! (conceptual only)
View level as seen through the Seventh Street circulation ramp
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.
A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon
Door to the visitor's clubhouse.
This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.
Detail of view to the northeast (Source: LP)
The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.
Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)
(Click to enlarge.)
The view through a construction "knothole".
Concrete molds are being removed!
Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)
Larry DiVito, mowing
From an earlier visit: Don't bother with those escalators either. They were also roped off. And how about a bench? Or a planter? Or even a trash can? That woman is doing the only thing she can: leaning up against a post to do her texting.
Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)
New Concept Drawing - No Roof
At left, across the tracks by that pile of dirt is where the Northstar commuter train platform will be built, and where Twins fans will apparently NOT be able to get a train after night games. (For reference, that's the Fifth Street bridge, with the ballpark site just beyond it. The east corner of Ford Centre is just visible at the right edge of the picture.)
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
The plate marker is just to the left.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
This view, through a B ramp window, won't last forever.
Items promoting the Twins 2014 All-Star Game bid. I got to bring one of these buckets home, and Noah got his first-ever taste of Cracker Jacks.