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 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Train. (What is it about baseball and trains?)
The outfield stands taking shape.
He'll always be a fan favorite, but did you know that he's making $18.5 million this year? The Twins' entire outfield today, combined, makes $7.45 million.
Plaza overview from the A ramp
The back gates at Comerica park, like everything else, a bit overwrought.
The pink thing is a mascot. (Actually, with a damn fine mascot actor underneath.)
A portrait of the 573 Club.
Some of Minneapolis' finest checking out the construction through a spot where a knothole will be one day.
The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
The completed promenade
A great view from the balcony outside the Metropolitan Club
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
The glorious Gate 34
That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...
From behind the wind veil
The blue line now indicates where the back of the accessible seating ends and standing room begins.
"I've never seen them do that before," said a Metropolitan Club waiter as I snapped this picture.
These two sections are within a few feet of one another.
A scene repeated about a million times each game
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.
Construction of the stands is moving from left to right in this image.
Section A, Row WC
This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.