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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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The moat walkway viewed from across the park.



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






Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)



The green in question (click for very large version)






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.



The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.



The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?









Kirby Jr. set to take down the last number



Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)



New Concept Drawing - No Roof



WCCO-TV building



Here is the most recent outfield configuration, captured from the animation video. We probably shouldn't make too much of the logos seen on the scoreboard: Best Buy, Dairy Queen, Target, Pepsi, Dodge and Qwest...



Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)



The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.



At the end of the balcony you can see down the promenade.



It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.






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






This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.



Click to enlarge greatly



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Arrival back at Target Field



Click to enlarge. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)












Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.









Plaza extension reaches toward First Avenue












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:



Target Headquarters



Camera mounts






A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.






(Click to enlarge.)



Here's the view of the entrance ramp to 394. Looks like they are painting...



Click to see the full-size image.








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