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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 Northstar stop has a name.



Also viewed from the B ramp, that's the upper deck in left field.



The french fry lights were on!



This looks up Sixth Street from Hennepin. Just imagine what this will look like during a night game!





















The official ballpark development area



An arch under construction.



Click to enlarge.



Auxiliary scoreboard (note to TF principles: this is a very good idea)



This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.



View from the Overlook






Larry DiVito, mowing



Snow-blowing the field



Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)



8:22 PM The sun has caused glare in the webcam, but you can still see the reflection affecting the upper deck behind home plate.



Here's a detail from the above image, showing the LED strips up close.









Do you think somebody's already cooking hot dogs out there?



Workers against green



Terrace Level









Looking down Sixth Avenue toward the plaza



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


















At the other end of the bridge, the configuration of the tracks has become clear.



A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.






Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.



A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place



This is during halftime.






Infield dirt used as accents






The green is a composite of the topmost seating areas in the new ballpark. The gray is a scale diagram of the Metrodome.



Speakers spaced evenly among the lights



Griffith Stadium (notch visible in lower photo at far left)



Nuts on Clark (a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field)



Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)


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MOA - Mall of America

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