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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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Security cones?






Scoreboard installation in progress



This will be a great sight on game nights.






The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)



A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.






This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.



This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.



Pile driving in progress






One half of those windows are well-used.












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Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.



Where you are, and where you can go.



Detail of the Puckett wall hanging



The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.



The electronic sign has been corrected (and never forget that ballpark is one word, not two)



All that's left is to add wood! (Seventh Street circulation ramp.)












The Pohlads were loose. A-Rod looked, um, you decide.









The shade of the canopy gives way to a brief shaft of light. It would do the same again a short while later when the sun passed through that tiny open sliver between the View and Terrace levels.



Photo by Tyler Wycoff






The Hrbek gate is directly below. It's a lively place after a game.



Glove from above



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The glove



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Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)



At Comerica Park, some aisles have railings and some do not.



These outfield stands will likely remain visible to passersby.



This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.



Toronto



One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:















Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)



Glass going in over the Oliva gate.


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HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)

HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

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