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Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?
Good seats, but no scoreboard or sky.
The Carew lounge was all ready for some corporate event.
That group was working on something very carefully, but I couldn't tell just what it was.
Looking for some detail
Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).
This looks south and shows how the Northstar tracks are sheltered by the promenade above. This is the side which faces the HERC plant.
I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.
Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?
Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)
Seventh Street windows
Here's where I was when the alarm went off, and though the siren wasn't terribly loud, at least one guy is plugging his ears.
Click to see the full-size image.
The completed promenade
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:
The electronic sign has been corrected (and never forget that ballpark is one word, not two)
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
This view, through a B ramp window, won't last forever.
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.
Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.
Oh, a flag pole will be so much more...dignified
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
The entrances are all the way around on the other side.
Door to the visitor's clubhouse.
I finally found the corner of TF dedicated to the Senators. What a wonderful sight.
Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)
Directly above gate 6 "Oliva" on the Club level.
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
The limestone theme is apparently carried to the area behind home plate. This will look great -- and distinctive -- on TV. But watch out for those foul balls!
These two sections are within a few feet of one another.
Night games are much preferred by the players at Target Field. You can see why.
I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures