Here are a few more shots from yesterday's walking tour.
Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole
Plaza extension reaches toward First Avenue
Flag poles, fencing, main entrance gates
Fencing is going up all along the plaza
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
The above picture looks across a little triangle of land which is currently just vacant. This month's video tour over on the Ballpark Authority web site mentions this triangle as a place to possibly put some sort of signage. Not much more detail is given, but I immediately imagined something akin to the big Metrodome sign at the corner of Fifth and Chicago, across from Hubert's. I'll report when I know more.
Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!
In case you missed this from the comments today, Camden reported receiving a letter from the Twins announcing the price for having your name engraved in one of those "panels of honor" that will be mounted on the plaza fencing:
For Season Ticket holders they have until May 22nd for a 20% discount which would put it at $195 + $80 more if you want a glass engraving for yourself.
It's an interesting offer. The concept is classy, but I wonder if people might feel like a brick in the pavement is somehow more permanent. It's probably not, but it becomes something of a perception thing.
Also in the comments was a description from Moose of what it's like to go on a ballpark tour with Diamond Baseball Tours:
my take (since I'm going back for my fourth trip) is that I enjoy the heck out of 'em! Here's how they work (obviously, this is all Diamond Baseball Tours related, as my Bob's trip will be in July):
Best available seats: I've only sat in the upperdeck twice - Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park. Even at Old Yankee Stadium we had lower deck/bowl seats. I think they mean best available group seats. I'm not expecting seats behind home plate (especially at Citi and NYS), but I'm not expecting to sit in the worst seats either. There are places out there (there's a place out there called Big League Tours) that offer better seats, but they are twice as expensive as well.
Type of people that travel: It's a mix. I'm 33 - will be 34 at the time of travel, and there will be several in that age bracket. There will likely be a few kids (elementry school age), and some older. There will likely be some father son combos, but it's not all elderly folks.
Travel: There ais NO overnight travel! Every night is spent in a hotel. Here's a sample from a previous trip. You are responsable for getting yourself to the trip's starting location (I'm going to use my West Coast Trip, so Las Vegas). From there, you leave early (usually 8 or 9 am) for San Diego for a ballgame. Typically, you will arive a couple hours early, depending on traffic, to wander around. After the game, you load and drive about an hour to the hotel. We then drove an hour to LA, and had a tour of downtown LA prior to our Dodgers (afternoon) game. Then a bus trip north to our hotel just south of Oakland. Next morning, we spent time in Jack London Square, then the A's game. Back to the hotel, and the next day was a free day in San Francisco. Giants game that night, and back to the hotel. Bus back south to LA, and an Angels game (tight because of distance and traffic), but after the game, we headed west towards Phoenix. We left later in the morning (~10 am) and made the BOB early so there was time to wander around before the D-Backs game. Then up to Flagstaff, and the final day was at the Grand Canyon. Headded back to Vegas after that.
As to the 5 days in a row in one location on this trip, it's nice because 1) you can leave your stuff in one place; 2) everything is ~2 hours away, so; and 3) that gives you the option of leaving the hotel at 8 or 9 am and getting to your destinaton at ~10 am, and sightseeing untill the ballgame @ 7 pm.
As to sight-seeing - it's a double-edged sword. You are at the mercy of the bus, but I don't think you can 1) do these type trips any cheaper than they put them together (they include hotel, travel, parking, tickets, and the "convienience factor" of not having to worry abot planning yourself); 2) you meet some nice people; and 3) you'll see some stuff you might have missed. Back to that West Coast Trip for a minute - I don't think I've ever seen so much in a one week trip ever before, or ever since, and it was because of the bus driver and the tour guide - they had done it before, multiple times, and knew what to do and where to go.
Anyway, I'd recomend it. I don't work for either Bob's or Diamond, but I've enjoyed the three Diamond trips I've taken, and am doing another. You have to like/love baseball, but if you do, you'd have a good time.
The cost offered on the Diamond web site is $1450 for single occupancy on most of these tours, less for double, triple, or even quadruple occupancy.
I have no experience with such a thing, but it sounds like a lot of fun at a relatively reasonable price.
"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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Solution for a hot night, just inside Gate 34 (that's a cool mist, by the way, not hot steam, which would be kind of cruel)
From the TV camera platform -- the view you'll see on TV
Good seats, but no scoreboard or sky.
A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
They can put a camera just about anywhere. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
Someone please get those poor people a drink of water. (Gate 34, after the game had started)
For those who have never seen it up close, that's what it looks like when steam comes out of the HERC plant.
Stairs down to the sidewalk from the skywalk over Seventh
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)
The lot within the lot.
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.
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
Life in the shadows
Plaza extension reaches toward First Avenue
Trampled, repaired, and re-trampled grass
Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)
The renderings and concept model differ here. MOJO thinks this is the perfect place for a party deck. Dave St. Peter seemed to agree!
Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.
Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?
Perhaps these very bold, Hitchcockian birds picking at left-over popcorn and peanuts were portents of what was to come.
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Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.
The entry from the platform to the ballpark.
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)