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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Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3019 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Peering through Gate 34
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
The plaza as viewed from across the park. The right field overhang section will be built just in from where the plaza supports are.
I have no idea what this is or does, but as gear goes, it's totally boss, man. (Attached to a railing just off of the Trap)
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.
Roll-up metal doors visible at right.
Looking up toward Seventh Street.
Looking back toward First Avenue
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!
Sure would be nice to cover that metal grid with more wooden louvers, eh?
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)
Field access on the visitor's side
Stay warm while buying tickets.
Marquette looking south
The circulation ramp on Fifth Street is shaping up very quickly.
This little item stands just to the south of the site, where the volleyball courts used to be. It has to be related to exterior finishing elements, which means this is the first glimpse of the actual stone to be used. Very buttery.
A new address for the Admin building
In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.
LRT at the ballpark
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.
Nicely-cushioned seats, lots of room, great sightlines
Artist at work
These openings will facilitate access to the catwalks which run throughout the canopy.
Um, I think that guy is out.
The east wall of the building looks like it will be the first part completed. These are probably supports for the plaza, and they hug the very edge of the site.
Here's what they do in April at Comerica Park
Secret entrance exposed!
The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing
This view, also from the same warehouse roof, shows the newly-rebuilt viaduct on North Seventh Street.
The angle on the main scoreboard from the Batter's Eye is surprisingly good -- acceptable, at least.