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March 13, 2007 2:21 PM

It was reported today that the new Nats ballpark will be the first to have actual trees inside it. This is a great idea -- and one floated by many, many Twins fans in the suggestions sent in via their web site.

Lots and lots of people suggested pine trees as a sort of signature view beyond our outfield fence, and the idea sounds great to me. But the reality is that if there isn't enough room for bleachers in the outfield, there probably isn't enough room for trees either. It's another thing which will probably be limited by our site (assuming the Twins end up building on Rapid Park, of which we've heard nothing new recently).

But if you want to get a look at the new Nats ballpark in design and in progress, check out this page.

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I just finished looking at the renderings and construction photos of the new ballpark going up in Washington DC. I found it to be extremley ugly,
it's skin being surrounded by all kinds of extra buildings (offices and stairwells) This is a perfect example why I am glad that our ballpark will(?) be built on a small plot of land. has anybody been to that ballpark/shopping mall in Milwaukee?

Posted on March 13, 2007 at 4:48 PM by John Highlight this comment 1

Unless I'm completely mistaken, Qualcomm Stadium had palm trees inside it at one point during the Padres' tenure.

Posted on March 14, 2007 at 11:23 AM by CarterHayes Highlight this comment 2


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Millers fans leaving Nicollet Park after a game in 1923, where a trolley was waiting. (Click to enlarge.)






The outfield stands taking shape.






Arrival back at Target Field



This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.



Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)



Concrete molds are being removed!



Off-topic, but this gigantic, cool, retro sign is just across the street from S&CH. Why? I don't know. Might look nice on top of one of those municipal parking ramps...






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.






Looking toward the Farmer's Market site from the balcony of the 573 Club at TF






Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza



Back of scoreboard; facade in context.



The same section seen from Target Center. Yep, looks like bridge supports.






Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.



A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)






This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.



I set up my late inning "office" at the drink rail behind section 206



Legends Club seats feature in-seat service



A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon









This is the main entry to the Pro Shop. The second entry, located just outside the turnstiles, is indicated by the arrow.



The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)






A closer look into the park from down the street. How great will this view be during a game??



The plate marker is just to the left.






A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)









Roll-up metal doors visible at right.



Photo by Jeff Ewer






Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.



Justin Morneau, mobbed after a game-winning homer on June 9









A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.









The Puckett Atrium





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