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 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
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.
Carew atrium menu part 2
Sharing and Caring Hands, as viewed from the ballpark site about a block away. Note transaction in progress in the shadows.
Workers against green
This is the last hope for so-called knot-hole views. I'm skeptical.
8:12 PM It is now in the area where, if it gets down far enough, it will shine into the eyes of a right-handed hitter.
Work on the pavilion in center.
Here's a rack of lights being prepared for lifting into the canopy.
The blue line now indicates where the back of the accessible seating ends and standing room begins.
The original Candlestick Park
A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game
Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.
These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.
This is the main entry to the Pro Shop. The second entry, located just outside the turnstiles, is indicated by the arrow.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
The first passengers are about to arrive, but the switch is set for the wrong track (those guys walked all the way out to correct it)
From the ground beneath the troubled skyway.
The entry from the platform to the ballpark.
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
This may look like just some guy (perhaps a spy) headed for the train. But it's actually the Northstar engineer!
Did you notice the flowers?
Better them than me
This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.
Memorabilia on display in the Metropolitan Club
Looking up Seventh Street (click to see what it looked like from the same spot in 1950)
Poles through the gap
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)