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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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Emergency access viewed in context



Section 139, Row 8



Steps, skyway, and plaza intersect.



Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.



Plaza extension reaches toward First Avenue



The glove



This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.






View from the batter's eye seats



Looking through the transit hub












I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.



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Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)



Trees also have sprouted near the topiaries



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The Lincoln Saltdogs (and a promotional Nerd)






Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)



The plate marker is just to the left.



Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)



TF: template-based?



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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.



I don't think this will remain a knothole, but the view is pretty cool.






Left to right: Opat, Oliva, Dave St. Peter, Melvin Tennant (Meet Minneapolis), Jerry Bell, Rybak






It looks like the Target-themed signage has spilled out to the surrounding area (this was taken from the entryway to the B ramp from Third -- the 394 entrance ramp tunnel)



Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.






A slightly different angle, and you can see some of the structural elements.



























Glass going in over the Oliva gate.









Remember the pitch heard throughout Twins Territory? What an amazing day that was, April 12, 2010. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)



This looks up Sixth Street from Hennepin. Just imagine what this will look like during a night game!



This is the HERC Premonade with railroad tracks snaking beneath. (I think this should be named the Halsey Hall Premonade. Seriously.)



I love these upper neighborhoods.



That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...


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