Sunny Steel Stroll
October 10, 2008 3:08 AM
It was midday yesterday and I had to be downtown so, as I always do, I zipped on over to the ballpark site to get a quick look and some pictures. First up was the roof of the Minikahda building (click to enlarge):
What a view! I noticed a group of hard hats down Fifth Street looking at the tracks. One of those, I believe was our own AP, who offered a link to his photo gallery from the trip. Thanks, AP!
Next I headed down to the street and got a look at Gate 29 "Carew" which is rapidly taking shape in steel:
As you can see, some of the steel supports for the stadia are starting to appear, including the long one for the center field pavilion. At some point in 2010 I plan to see a game from right there:
At one point I was able to stick my camera in and get a look at what's going on beneath the steel (photos below), but then I moved on to the B ramp for a look at the plaza.
They were pouring concrete over a layer of sand over another layer of concrete on the plaza. Very perplexing:
Finally, I headed over to Seventh Street to get a look at the limestone and see what sorts of details had changed. As I walked back, I noticed a fellow in a suit jacket standing down at the corner of Seventh and Second, clearly admiring the work and making his way casually toward me. It was Jerry Bell.
Jerry always seems like a proud papa when looking at the ballpark construction. It's obvious that he's every bit as much a ballpark fan as the rest of us, and he's been the lucky one to have final say on pretty much everything in the design of this one.
He recognized me and greeted me warmly, explaining that he was just on his lunch break and it seemed like a good day to wander down this direction for a look. (On what type of day could he resist such temptation, I wondered!)
He mentioned that he can't see the steel work in center field from his office window and was curious (his office view being more or less the same as webcam #1). He also said again how pleased he is with the look of the limestone, something which becomes more and more evident as the Seventh Street facade continues toward completion in the coming months.
"They're trying to get as much enclosed as possible before winter," he explained, and then confirmed that everything is still right on schedule.
It was a brief conversation. We said our goodbyes and then he continued his lunch stroll up Seventh Street to do just what so many of us have done: peer through the fence, get a glimpse of the progress, and dream a little bit.
I headed back to my day, huffing and puffing from the whirlwind tour, but with my head filled once again with baseball dreams.
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I think AP is in there somewhere...
Supports for the little sections in the outfield.
The steel cage expands.
Supports viewed from beneath. These seats will be just a few feet from the outside edge of the building!
Work going on under the steel.
Gate 29 "Carew" is at right.
Sky through steel.
Very interesting detail starting to appear here.
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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
Explore the Site
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Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)
A portrait of the 573 Club.
Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Notice the temporary railing extensions
Door to the visitor's clubhouse.
Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)
The Pro Shop
A sidewalk has sprouted between the HERC and the LRT tracks!
Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.
Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.
LRT station has appeared.
The lights have covers on the top, presumably to reduce light pollution
Work in progress.
An arch under construction.
A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.
This is where the plaza meets First Avenue
Flowers. Real flowers.
Footings for the Seventh Street walkway from the A ramp.
These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.
The brick has been tinted where the circulation ramp meets the admin building.
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.
These outfield stands will likely remain visible to passersby.
Now from the inside looking at the same area.
New Year's Eve, 2008
It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.
This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
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
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