A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.
Yesterday, at the game, my spouse spontaneously volunteered to offer her impressions of Target Field for you all. She comes at it with a true outsider's point of view, untainted by any of the hype which has been plastered across the media for the past month. I will augment with some recent pictures (and captions), but otherwise it's all her!
Hey BallparkMagic guys! My name is Victoria and I, among other things, am Rick's wife. We'll be married 8 years this June. Before I met him, I knew nearly nothing about baseball. I knew there were 4 bases. I knew 3 strikes and you're out. That's about it. I remember asking him early on in our relationship who the guy was standing between 2nd and 3rd bases and weren't there too many people on the field? He gently explained that was the shortstop...
So. Here is my first (and likely last) posting. Rick and I went to the game Wednesday afternoon. It was great to be huddled together, taking in the sights and sounds of the ballgame, exploring the ballpark, and not having to wrangle our two young sons!
Yeah, it was cold. But I'll take cold over rain or sweltering humidity any day.
We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.
Here are my reflections on the Target Field experience:
1. It's a tremendous thing to behold. Hats off to everyone who made it come true.
2. Rick used to gripe about the Metrodome being a completely ridiculous, maddening, and utterly ill-conceived place for baseball, and I didn't fully get it. Having been to Target Field, now I get it.
No griping here.
Our Day In Dollars
Tickets: $13.00* x 2
Transit: $4.00 x 2
Hot Chocolate: $3.00
NOTE: $4.50 came home still in my pocket because the line for a cupcake was too long.
3. Women's restroom. Grade = B-. Yes, there were enough stalls, but the restroom I went into only had one door, so the going in and going out was a flurry of women trying to navigate a narrow space and half-heartedly saying "excuse me" to each other. Nice, however, to hear the radio broadcast of the game in there! (NOTE: This was the restroom right behind 323. The men's room has an entrance and exit, but there were always long lines between innings. The layout is pretty clunky. -- Rick)
4. Food. A mixed review. My first food purchase was polish sausage with kraut (from Halsey's). I'm Polish, so I figured that was a good thing to do. It was fine – tasty even – but nothing special. My second food purchase was a slice of pepperoni pizza. When the guy put two slices into the box instead of one that should've been my clue: they couldn't get rid of the stuff! And I found out why. Uncooked dough in the center and maybe two pieces of pepperoni. Definitely not worth the $6.00.
5. View. Spectacular. I loved seeing the skyline, the truly green grass, and the birds flying here and there.
The view from our seats. I took this picture while standing, and the railing would prove mildly problematic when I sat down -- but not as much as my scorecard, which I always seemed to be holding right in Vic's view of the plate (she told me so).
6. Scoreboard and Sound. These two items really bugged me at the Metrodome – I had to squint to read the scoreboard and the sound was way too boomy-loud. Not so at Target Field! Grade = A+ for both!
7. Energy. There was a wonderful, happy vibe about the whole place. Loved it.
8. People watching. Grade = A+. There were some retirees sitting in the row in front of us. The two women shared a pink hula-hoop over their knees, and the man was completely bundled in layers from head to foot, eating popcorn like a little kid. Very sweet.
9. I'd like to go to a night game to see the stars, the moon and the lights on the field.
This was on BPM night. Nice neon, but I'm still waiting to see the homer show.
10. Final thought: how can 40,000 people NOT be at work on a Wednesday afternoon?
Here's to a fantastic first season at Target Field. Go Twins!
*Special thanks to a south metro friend, without whose generosity this little excursion would not have been possible.
"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
Explore the Site
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Outside, lots of window space
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.
This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.
Looking through the transit hub
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
B ramp at left, ballpark at right (and visible far away through the tiny crack)
TC gets ready to release the hounds. (Kids get to run the bases after Sunday games.)
Here is a close-up of those funny little islands of seats (HRP View).
Don Swanson, left, in-coming commander of the Richfield American Legion, and Joe Kennedy, right, out-going commander, are pictured with the Legion's new flag pole, which once stood at old Metropolitan Stadium. (Click to enlarge.)
A little more imaginative is the circulation building for Northstar.
(Click to enlarge.)
Um, I think that guy is out.
Polo Grounds facade, obscured
Yes, TC is smiling.
Then you turn around to this!
From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.
The official ballpark development area
A seating bowl comes into focus. Note that the netting has been installed on the foul pole. (Field Box)
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
Another over-my-head shot
People! (In the Legends Club)
Those two empty seats in the front row are where we started the game.