There's a lot happening over at Target Field these days. But later this afternoon (Wednesday, June 24) the action will shift to the downtown library where artist Craig David will be meeting with fans to hear some baseball stories.
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
This event, which will take place in the Doty Board Room on the second floor of the library (300 Nicollet Mall) from 1:30 to 3:00, is open to the public. Anyone with a baseball story to tell is encouraged to come and tell it. The idea is that these stories will inform the art, which can only be a good thing.
I'm trying to clear my schedule to be there, mostly to listen to stories rather than tell them. I'm probably like a lot of you in that most baseball stories I might tell (such as the night Harmon Killebrew hit his 500th and 501st home runs) are more about my family than the game. In this case, it's a story about my grandfather's love of the Twins and determination that we all see the moment from the best possible seats at the Met (which we did; they cost $8.00 a piece).
I'm also curious to meet the artist whose work will grace the wide panels on the Fifth Street facade of the ballpark. Maybe I'll see you there.
This Target Field update ran on the game broadcast a week or so ago. It's marred by audio problems that lasted throughout the entire game and were caused at the station, not the recording.
In the clip, head groundskeeper Larry DiVito discusses the actual structure of the field itself.
I can't confirm this, but a persistent rumor is circulating that a large section of the seats which have been installed already will have to be removed and reinstalled to fix a problem with the bolts used to attach them. It sounds like a major problem, but one which can be fixed in the time available.
I'll report more when I know more (which may be never since nobody seems to want to talk about it -- even to deny it).
The official Target Field sign went up today. If I can find the time, I'll swing by the place tomorrow afternoon for some pictures. You may have noticed that I'm doing this less often, which is because most of the fun is now happening out of sight of the sidewalks...
More from the Market Pantry
Last time I reported on a bad experience with some coconut cookies at Target. Well, I'm here to tell you that the apology gift certificates were used to acquire some Market Pantry Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream that was like a summer dream suspended in a deep chocolate wind which came to rest gently on a silky peanut butter pillow.
Or something like that. (In other words, we gobbled it up.) Thanks, Target, for making good on my bad cookie experience -- and for not tarting up our new ballpark with a bunch of redundant bull's eyes.
"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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.
This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.
Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
I don't know if the back side is also a test for materials, but it could be a hint of how the exposed steel supports will be finished. Or it could just be to hold up the stone.
Work on one of the side panels
(Click to enlarge.)
Also warming things up are these planters.
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Gate 6 is quite large
The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.
This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.
There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow! (I loved this place as a kid.)
The view out Gate 6 "Oliva".
Wind veil install from across Seventh
A spot that's always full!
Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.
The Fun Zone/Rescue Area in Oakland during the second inning
A look at Gate 34.
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.)
Glove from above
The gate has grown a row of sponsorship
At the end of the balcony you can see down the promenade.
A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)
This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.