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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I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.
Flowers. Real flowers.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
A look at Gate 34.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
Seating mound (seen from the B ramp)
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.
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.
The entrance at Gate 3.
Workers against green
This is an angle I have not used very much, from the top of the Fifth Street ramp. Because the wall is so tall (forget about watching a game from here for free -- OK, maybe with a step stool) I have to hold the camera up over my head and just snap, hoping I get something good. Here I did. This view then looks to the southwest.
Looking through it, you can see the outfield pavilion (upper deck at least).
A closer look at the bridge and walls. You can see where the tracks will be laid.
This is the entrance behind home plate (not visible in the renderings which have been released). It shows that the upper deck is set back from the facade -- a very good thing if it remains in the final design.
Looking up Fifth, with LRT tracks and B ramp at left
The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.
People! (In the Legends Club)
Some people will go to work here every day.
Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.
A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.
This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.
I took this because of the view reflected in the store windows. (The store is cool too.)
Eleven flag poles
Glove from above
Stairs down to the sidewalk from the skywalk over Seventh
These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.
The right field overhang as seen from Seventh Street (with dude)
Dave St. Peter introducing the first physical models of the ballpark in June 2007