Building a ballpark must be a deep mixture of fun and tedium. Since most people in the world aren't following it nearly as closely as you or I or Dave St. Peter or Dan Kenney, there have to be the occasional pauses to bring everybody up to speed.
In that vein, here's the recent KARE11 construction update, in which Dave and Dan answer some of the Same Damn Questions again for the 15 millionth time:
You begin to wonder if the Twins will one day wish they'd put a roof on the thing just to avoid explaining their decision ad nauseum!
It is interesting that a project which was at one time seen as giant boondoggle (and will always be seen as such by some) is described in that video as "a bright spot on the local construction scene."
Here's another video you may have missed. This from KSTP, covering a safety lunch held in the ballpark and featuring some familiar names:
The Flag Pole Lobby
I've received a number of messages from people disappointed that the old Met Stadium flag pole will be so far away from the playing field. I've tried not to think too much about it, just happy that the Twins are making the gesture to link the new park to the team's ballpark history.
But I will admit that I always imagined it standing in straight-away center as it did at the Met. In the case of Target Field, that would be among a small grove of trees in the batters eye. But that still seems like a very good place for it.
When I saw the model, I couldn't help but notice the row of flag poles just behind the overhang in right, where the plaza meets the seating. That, too, seemed like a pretty good place for the pole -- highly visible, working every day, touchable by the passing fan.
What do you think? Take the poll (in the left-hand column) and let me know. We'll talk more about it after we get some opinions.
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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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The New as viewed from The Old.
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
Ullger warms up.
Wind veil install from across Seventh
This is very early in the day.
Ben took this picture of me (carrying my mostly useless camera) and Twins rep Chris Iles down by the admin building
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
Looking back toward the doorway into the club
Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.
Clemson Memorial Stadium
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
Discovered on the upper concourse!
Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)
Lots of sun, but not much scoreboard from 127
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)