The (Hennepin County) board voted 4-2 to amend its previous agreement with the ballclub and deposit $13.35 million for the downtown Minneapolis land near Target Center. That was the amount the county had offered landowners for the property when the agreement was made last year, before the owners claimed this year that the land was worth much more -- a threat that could have upset the delicate balance of the approved funding for the $90 million facility.
The County Board said that it would go ahead under laws of eminent domain to condemn the property and acquire it for fair market value -- the $13.35 million previously agreed to. If the planned "quick-take" maneuver leads to litigation, county board member Mike Opat said, "We'll go to a jury trial if we have to, and if we do, the Twins will be our partner in any litigation. But it's time to break ground, begin construction and put people to work." ...
(T)he Twins...will display the stadium design showing from 12:30 p.m. CT to 6 p.m. on Thursday, on the second floor Skyway Level of the Government Center.
I'll see you there, and I'll have pictures here soon after I return!
"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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At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
The canopy as viewed through the outfield stands. The lighting approach, despite what you may have heard, is actually very traditional.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
World Series trophies on display at left
Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.
Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony
This looks like a Twins Pub, but is actually the scoreboard operations.
Looking for some detail
The media all turned out!
Those two empty seats in the front row are where we started the game.
A beautiful, glowing sunset after the rain.
Ready for action.
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Looking back toward First Avenue
An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
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Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)
Section 101, Row 34
I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)
iew of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.