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Stealing Our Thunder

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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TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)



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This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.



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