The mass media coverage of the topping off ceremony was quite extensive, as you know. Here are a few bits and pieces that I've been collecting to go with it.
I discovered this video on my DVR. It's a preview of the topping-off ceremony which ran on the Friday morning Fox 9 news program. It's interesting mostly because it includes a lot of B-roll footage from a previous tour. This is the stuff they shoot just to have around in case they need something to complement a story, and it generally never sees the light of day. There are some brief views shown here which haven't been seen before.
Here are a few articles that are not specifically related to the topping off, but appeared around the same time:
20 years ago I took a date to this place. It cost me $150 (that's about $275 in 2009 dollars) and was a generally miserable experience. (I'm a burger and fries kind of guy, and this is a "big plate, tiny food" kind of place. She picked it. We broke up not too long after.) But the closing is interesting now because it opens up space for something a little more fan-friendly and maybe even street-friendly. The space is located on the Sixth Street side of Butler Square, adjacent to the plaza walkway, and there looks to be room for outdoor dining.
This is from a Cleveland news source. There have been lots of articles like this -- basically one for every team which has visited the Dome so far this season. This one is interesting because it's essentially an interview with Gardy.
Flag Pole Confirmation
Not that I ever doubted it, but I came across this juicy flag pole confirmation while doing some Met Stadium research at the Hennepin County Historical Society this week. It's from the Richfield Sun-Current on June 3, 1985.
Thank Fred Primo for new flag pole
By Mark Johnson
Don Swanson, left, in-coming commander of the Richfield American Legion, and Joe Kennedy, right, out-going commander, are pictured with the Legion's new flag pole, which once stood at old Metropolitan Stadium. (Click to enlarge.)
You can thank Fred Primo that a 100-foot flag pole from old Metropolitan Stadium now graces the front lawn of the Richfield American Legion Post No. 435, 6501 Portland Ave.
Primo, manager of the Legion, went down to the stadium site in Bloomington shortly after work was begun on dismantling the old Met.
"There was a contractor from Omaha there and I asked him for the pole," said Primo last week. "There were a few people who wanted it. We thought it was appropriate that we have it."
So, to make a long story short, for $1,500 Primo got it.
A short parade and dedication service marked the flag pole's debut on Memorial Day. Perkins donated a huge American Flag to fly on the pole.
A minor panic ensued last week when the flag tore slightly in a high wind following a thunderstorm. The flag was removed, taken out for repair and returned to its 100-foot perch the next day.
Sorry for the low-quality camera phone picture, but it's all I had. I didn't expect to find anything like that when I went in there. I'm trying to find images to use in a book about Met Stadium (if you have any, please contact me), and this was in one of the clippings files.
(For those who don't know, that flag pole will be moved to Target Field, and I had a hand in making the connection between the Legion and the Twins.)
Finally, here are a couple of images from a recent trip down there that I forgot to publish.
The Northstar station.
Footings for the Seventh Street walkway from the A ramp.
The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.
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– Bernie Williams
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3046 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Champion's Club moat (windows are found at the base of the limestone behind the seats -- not visible in this image)
Looking through it, you can see the outfield pavilion (upper deck at least).
Just so you have a reference, this is an LD ("low def") scoreboard (inset is what the controller probably looks like).
It looks like the Target-themed signage has spilled out to the surrounding area (this was taken from the entryway to the B ramp from Third -- the 394 entrance ramp tunnel)
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
Target Plaza in model form
I finally found the corner of TF dedicated to the Senators. What a wonderful sight.
This looks south and shows how the Northstar tracks are sheltered by the promenade above. This is the side which faces the HERC plant.
This is a closer look at the steel work.
Roll-up metal doors visible at right.
The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.
The angle on the main scoreboard from the Batter's Eye is surprisingly good -- acceptable, at least.
Stairs and escalator down to the platform
Those little oval additions are positively laughable!
Overview of the storage tracks.
The back gates at Comerica park, like everything else, a bit overwrought.
Also from the same lobby, other window, a view which will clearly disappear before too long...
Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
Glove from above
Seventh Street windows
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
The lot within the lot.
Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)
Oh no! Beach ball! But click to enlarge so you can see the wide range of expressions on people's faces. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)