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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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B ramp glimpse






An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)






Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)






This view is from the roof of a warehouse which stood where the A ramp is today. The HERC is now located where the tracks turned north (toward the top).









A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.



Window area sketched by the limestone



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



Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)



I think AP is in there somewhere...






No griping here.



"Original" or "Dinger" Dog



Event Level






A sidewalk has sprouted between the HERC and the LRT tracks!












The plaza as viewed from across the park. The right field overhang section will be built just in from where the plaza supports are.












I have no idea what this is or does, but as gear goes, it's totally boss, man. (Attached to a railing just off of the Trap)



First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.



The field will feel very close.



Hops! (conceptual only)









Bird's-eye view of the trees






Glare from the IDS never looked this sweet. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)



Main concourse, looking toward the admin building.









Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)






This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.



No, that's not Kent Hrbek. It's catcher Glenn Borgmann.



The media all turned out!






Skywalk over Seventh



Notice that the wooden-backed club seats are now covered by a green tarp for protection from the elements.



Roped off for the LRT crowd



That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation



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MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

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