If you went to Twinsfest, you know there was lots to see and do. You also know that the center of attention -- the Mecca, if you will -- was the ballpark model. In fact, just like Mecca, there were constant throngs of people circling it very slowly, all clamoring for a divine glimpse. I was there Saturday morning and couldn't get near it.
Fortunately, I had already spent about an hour poring over it with my camera on Friday afternoon before the gates opened. There were still a few people around, and I didn't get my wish of getting shots with the glass removed, but I got a very long look and 120 high-resolution pictures. There was much to see.
Many of the changes were subtle. The biggest change that I noticed was the configuration of the area above the batter's eye. The model now matches the animation video, more or less. There are seats there, and an open concourse, and what looks like a small picnic area.
I'd love to do some detailed analysis, but my time is limited. So I'm going to dump a few of them out for you to see, and you can let me know what other details you're really interested in getting a look at. (As always, these are linked to very large versions. The cost of the added bandwidth is killing me, but I think that the details are important.)
Let's start today with the outfield...
This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.
Viewed from a different angle, it seems fair to wonder is some of those seats will have slightly obscured views. Yet, if they're cheap, that's not a problem.
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.
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
Look closely at the overhang. You'll see the on the right it is flush with the fence, and then it sticks out farther and farther as you move toward center. More fun for Michael Cuddyer.
Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.
This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!
Tomorrow (or as soon as is practical), a closer look at the plaza.
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
Door to the visitor's clubhouse.
Steel meets concrete, with the last rays of sun visible through the suite and concourse openings at left.
The plaza as seen from the B ramp.
Click to see the full-size image.
Hit gap, win suit!
I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.
A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.
Location for automated ticket machines
A mysterious smile from within a very deep planter!
The main concourse.
A true fan out in the bleachers
Another B ramp glimpse (don't loiter here!)
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Here's another view up Sixth Street toward where the plaza will meet First Avenue (it will hug Target Center all the way).
Dude, this is NOT a multi-use facility.
Evidence of a food court behind the seating above the batter's eye
I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?
Guthrie Theater (original design colors)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.
Main ticket window area
Photo by Jared Wieseler
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)