Spring Swing (Part 2)
May 8, 2009 12:48 AM
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.
More pix tomorrow!
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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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Main concourse, looking toward the admin building.
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:
Looking up Sixth Street, now barricaded for plaza extension.
This will be a bar/restaurant.
Notice that the wooden-backed club seats are now covered by a green tarp for protection from the elements.
Champion's Club moat (windows are found at the base of the limestone behind the seats -- not visible in this image)
The plate marker is just to the left.
Lots of people are doing it.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Workers against green
Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction
A truck is leaving the HERC plant. Here you can see the proximity to the promenade. For the record, the truck drove right by me and I smelled nothing...
This is where the plaza meets First Avenue
Here is the most recent outfield configuration, captured from the animation video. We probably shouldn't make too much of the logos seen on the scoreboard: Best Buy, Dairy Queen, Target, Pepsi, Dodge and Qwest...
For executive entertaining
The french fry lights were on!
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.
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
Perched welder on the top of the canopy.
Click to enlarge.
Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
The 1963 team won 91 games! (Click to enlarge and see the names)
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
Directly above the ceiling here is the hidden concourse which served the upper deck prior to the renovation. That concourse was closed off to the public, but became a service level for ballpark employees. It's one of the many quirks which will be lost when the wrecking ball takes the place away.
The glare problem.
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
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Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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Revised edition (2006, round)
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