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Ah, Unveiling At Hand

April 10, 2007 11:38 PM

Well, the news is all good:

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!

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Awesome! FINALLY!!

Please post pics/analysis for an out-of-town devoted fan. Great site...kepp up the good work.

Posted on April 11, 2007 at 2:37 PM by ReadNWaiting Highlight this comment 1

I can't wait for your reaction. Hopefully you can change your header back to it's original design.

Posted on April 12, 2007 at 8:48 PM by freealonzo Highlight this comment 2


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Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)



A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).



Click to enlarge.



The view from the upper concourse.



Someone please get those poor people a drink of water. (Gate 34, after the game had started)



Not me, but it might as well be.



Click to enlarge.



Quote wall



No admittance -- yet! Note that you can see the seating bolts which are in place already.






Another classic space in the making above the Hrbek gate.






Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.



A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)






The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.



The glare problem.









Welding workers



A southpaw?



(Click to enlarge greatly)



Gate 3 ticket window



This is what passes for imagination at Miller Park -- they didn't even get the shape right! (Source: LP)



Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.















These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.



Free views!



Just, wow.



From the best seat in the house (Section 8, Row A), the right field corner is blocked. (No one may care. Fine with me. People should know.)



Ahh. Lunch in the admin building...



This is the entrance behind home plate (not visible in the renderings which have been released). It shows that the upper deck is set back from the facade -- a very good thing if it remains in the final design.









The base of the old Met Stadium flagpole. (The plaque refers to the "Flame of Freedom" and not the origin of the pole.)



Looking back toward the doorway into the club



5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.



These tracks actually travel beneath the admin building and come out on the other side



The saddest event



For executive entertaining



Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.



Wind veil install from across Seventh



Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.



One more time from the third base side.






Detail at Gate 6





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FSE - Full Season Equivalent

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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)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

TF - Target Field

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