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
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3019 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
This is where you will put out your butts -- I mean enjoy some pretty flowers.
Usher Anna hands out Homer Hankies
Emergency access viewed in context
No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...
The old flour Gold Medal Flour Mill, located next to the new Guthrie theater (Source: RP)
I love views like this. They show just how much Target Field shimmers. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Gate 3 ticket window
In the foreground you can see the supports for the plaza as it will meet the corner of North Seventh Street and Third Avenue North.
A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.
On this day, George was handling fruits and veggies right inside gate 34.
Puckett atrium chef stand menu
The service entrance area in left-center, now with bench seating
One half of those windows are well-used.
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
Life in the shadows
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.
The Puckett Atrium
7:32 PM Glare begins at about the left field foul pole.
I suppose that one day my son will graduate from Mrs. Fields to Hooters. At least he won't have to travel too far. *Shudder*
Final Metrodome baseball sight
This is the upper deck in Anaheim
The seating bowl of Citizens Bank Park overlaid on the Target Field site
Here's where the plaza will empty out around that skyway emergency exit tower at the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street.