You probably heardtoday, throughvariousmediaoutlets, that they've now topped off Target Field -- in other words, the structural steel framework of the building is now complete. All that remains is finishing.
No doubt this was to preserve those a-ha moments, and you can hear Kevin Smith say several times on the video that no one can stop anywhere without him (it doesn't sound like he was joking). You can even hear him admonish an assistant, saying that her job is to make sure that no one gets out of line.
The video includes a view of the plaza from the balcony of the Metropolitan Club, where Kevin points out that the bull's eyes on the plaza are primarily for the benefit of the blimp shots. I gotta say that this is a pretty classy move on Target's part. They could have plastered their logo everywhere, but chose some restraint. Though it will be seen prominently, it will not be as annoyingly ubiquitous as it might have been.
There are also lots of shots of the baby trees which have been planted in the batter's eye. It will be a few seasons before MLB is going to have to worry about those doing much waving in the breeze...
From a Helicopter
This one I can embed: a terrific helicopter tour shown on the early KSTP news.
All of the media coverage today was strictly from-the-press-release kind of stuff. It's warm and fuzzy and misses a lot of the interesting stuff about the ballpark (though I continue to be amazed by Kevin Smith's ability to enthusiastically cover the same fundamentals over and over with tour groups and the media). But of course, not everyone is interested in some of the nitty gritty like you and I are.
Though I don't want to belabor the issue, here is another image which clearly demonstrates the very real glare problem. I color-shifted it a bit to highlight the glare area, but this is from last night (June 4) at 8:02 PM:
The glare problem.
That's a pretty large area covered with glare which I believe is coming from the Dain Rauscher tower.
There is some good news in the image. You can see how the shadow of the B ramp (and the advertising board above the outfield pavilion) is seen on the stadia, meaning that it's unlikely the reflection can get all the way down into a hitter's eyes. But there's definitely some glare on the visitor's dugout.
So this appears right now not to be a game-changing issue, only a fan-annoying (and visiting-manager-annoying) one. Still, the team is probably going to have to address it somehow with the fans.
"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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Packed SRO beneath the notch.
The spruced up triangle really doesn't show much connection with the ballpark.
A Killebrew tribute covers part of the wall where the entry doors are located near the escalators.
Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!
Workers against green
The Pro Shop.
Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Gate 34 Puckett
From behind the wind veil
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.
Snow-blowing the field
At one point, we thought these windows might represent one of the so-called knotholes. But nope. Nothing to see here. (Nearest I can tell, there will be no view of the playing field whatsoever from the Seventh Street sidewalk.)
Killebrew taught, "Always make your autograph legible, boys."
This is one complicated streetscape.
A little more imaginative is the circulation building for Northstar.
The media all turned out!
The lot within the lot.
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
Some of your fellow BPMers at a game in May of 2010 (we had almost the whole section)
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
View level as seen through the Seventh Street circulation ramp
Discussions in progress on some very brown grass...
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
Lots of folks working behind those ticket windows
Another over-my-head shot
The connection from the corner of Seventh Street and Second Avenue. You can now see where the little grassy area and franchise history board will be (the triangular area in the foreground).