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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"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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To the left, out of view, was a row of guys in very nice suits. Most I did not recognize.
Mary Larson (left), a music teacher from Maple Grove, was a TwinsFest SSB winner and got to sing the anthem before the game.
The plate marker is just to the left.
2007, Noah's first game (Torii's last)
Work on the pavilion in center.
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
Stepping inside the circulation building
Looking for some detail
The spruced up triangle really doesn't show much connection with the ballpark.
Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.
Red is old Yankee Stadium. This diagram comes from FieldOfSchemes.com
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
The right field overhang is in place, and the first base stands are starting to go in.
View from the Overlook
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
Here's another look at the Oliva gate.
Peering through Gate 34
Go get 'em, boys!
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Click to see the full-size image.
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.
For $19.95 you can load up your plate (one trip only)
Concrete molds are being removed!
Uh oh. Schizophrenia.
You have to wonder just what happened here. Will it remain forever embedded in cement?
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
The green in question (click for very large version)