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 3044 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Location for automated ticket machines
The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.
A classic profile on the horizon
Workers against green
Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
Bird's-eye view of the trees
This was billed as a diagram of a super-suite. I'm not quite sure just where this (or these) will be located.
Hey! That limestone looks familiar!
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
Ready for action.
This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.
Wind veil install from across Seventh
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
Viewed from a different angle, it seems fair to wonder is some of those seats will have slightly obscured views. Yet, if they're cheap, that's not a problem.
This may look like just some guy (perhaps a spy) headed for the train. But it's actually the Northstar engineer!
The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002
Saints between innings
Branding on the plaza
This is amazingly close to completed. It's a short tunnel entrance ramp to 394 underneath the outfield stands.
Seating mound (seen from the B ramp)
This is the view from where the plaza will connect to the walkway on the west side of Target Center. This presumably aids traffic flow back to the A ramp, and perhaps to the skyway connection (though the doors to the skyway right there are typically exit only).
Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)
Fifth Street louvers way up close
This is where you will put out your butts -- I mean enjoy some pretty flowers.
The outfield stands as viewed through the unnumbered gate
These two sections are within a few feet of one another.
Wrigley Field viewed while approaching on foot from the northwest
From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.
"Hey, Ma, it says here we go in at gate 34. Must be all the way around on the other side!" Seriously, though, this is a really inspired idea.