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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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573 Club






The official ballpark development area






Giant screened images! (573 Club, my back to Seventh Ave windows)



July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)



Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)



Replays on the out-of-town scoreboard!



For those who have never seen it up close, that's what it looks like when steam comes out of the HERC plant.



Fabulous Fantasy



One of those funny little sections above the entrance stairs









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)



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Home Run Porch Terrace






The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...



That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.



Which way to the skyway? Really??



Section 237, Row 15 (top of the Trap)






Another classic space in the making above the Hrbek gate.






Note the speakers hanging beneath that deck



This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!



The same section seen from Target Center. Yep, looks like bridge supports.



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The Carew lounge was all ready for some corporate event.






End of the line.






The Hennepin Grille appears to feature chicken, brats, and fries.






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This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.






Friendly faces greet you right inside the door of the Legends Club.






Looking down what was Third Avenue, and will be a freeway entrance ramp beneath the outfield stands.






Hardware in the window! (But why are there three trophies? 1924?)


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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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SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

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