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.
Flag poles, fencing, main entrance gates
Heaters over standing room (the backs of the retired number circles visible above)
I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.
The suite mock-up
Dedicated closed-captioning ribbon board
The process of building the canopy is really amazing to watch.
The proposed wooden screen covering the circulation ramp on Fifth Street (at left is the equivalent screen on Seventh Street).
The Target Center rooftop patio. Hardly glamorous, but a great view of the ballpark.
The overhang as seen through the unnumbered gate
Near the end of the Angels' 4-run second inning.
The Fun Zone/Rescue Area in Oakland during the second inning
The official ballpark development area
Just lighted panels... *sigh*
Um, I think that guy is out.
Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp
Do you need to know the score?
Visual depiction of current stadium legislation
Work beneath the scoreboard
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September 23, 2007
What a great sight!
Here we are waiting for the first train to arrive at the station (Nov 14).
This is the outside portion of the Metropolitan Club.
Here's the field of posts which will support the third base side of the grandstand. Some walls have started to appear about where the Northstar riders will enter the park.