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 3037 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!
Also from the B ramp entrance off of Third, a look up at the tiny crack between ballpark and parking ramp
That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...
Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.
Purple flowers above Second Avenue
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
Wright's Marin County Hall of Justice, San Rafael, California (1959)
A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
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The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Thome steps in.
The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)
Viewed from an A ramp elevator lobby.
No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.
That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.
August 2001 (a month later we were engaged)
Work going on under the steel.
Larry DiVito takes a last check of everything before the game starts
Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...