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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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The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.






A closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.









This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.



For executive entertaining



Complicated pedestrian crossing












Looking across the top of the B parking ramp. Notice that signage will block any attempts at seeing the game from up there. Also take note of the glassed in area which is part club and part office space for the Ballpark Authority.



The Pro Shop






Double plays will be turned here.












In the foreground you can see the supports for the plaza as it will meet the corner of North Seventh Street and Third Avenue North.






The plaza as seen from the B ramp.



A spot that's always full!












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Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite



The brown grass was left over from the first attempt at groundbreaking (canceled after the 35W bridge collapse)



Gate 34 Puckett



Usher Anna hands out Homer Hankies






20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.



The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.






A sampling of seats at Fenway Park



The completed promenade



This looks up Fifth Street (LRT train visible in the distance). This bridge is also being partially rebuilt (see next photo).



I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?



Can you name that field? (Braemer Park, Edina)



4th inning in the thinning crowd of the Grandstand.



Bench seating just off the plaza






At the base of the B ramp, the foundation for the center field stands.



Terrace Level



Yes, son, Memorial Stadium used to be right there, just beyond those gates.



Puckett atrium chef stand menu



The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.



He'll always be a fan favorite, but did you know that he's making $18.5 million this year? The Twins' entire outfield today, combined, makes $7.45 million.


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