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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Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
World Series trophies on display at left
Discovered on the upper concourse!
That's Noah and my brother, Chris, checking out the Loge Box amenities
Killebrew's mammoth shot on June 3, 1967 is currently memorialized on a wall at the Mall of America
Inspecting the delivery
Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.
Dome, what have you taken from us?
I realized I've never shown how the walkway over Seventh Street meets the A ramp
Original Concept - With a Retractable Roof
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
Earl Santee, principle architect for HOK Sport, presents some concepts while Mike Opat listens
Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
That group was working on something very carefully, but I couldn't tell just what it was.
Dan Kenney, my tour guide
Also warming things up are these planters.
This would be easy to miss, but I found it on a cart located directly behind the Batter's Eye seating on the upper concourse in center field.
Detail at Gate 6
Saints between innings
Showing more of the context for the louvers.
The Pohlads were loose. A-Rod looked, um, you decide.
Section 101, Row 27
Circulation building with construction team on top
A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
(Click to enlarge.)
Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.