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Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...
Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.
Looking through it, you can see the outfield pavilion (upper deck at least).
First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.
The view from section 210
The finished product. Note that, at the very bottom of this image, you can just barely see the tops of the windows which look into the Champion's Club. (Home Plate Box)
Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.
This guy at the Puckett atrium chef stand caught me taking the picture and said I should stop back later because he was "just getting started." I still don't know what he meant.
Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?
Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.
Wow! Looking good.
Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)
Note that, even though the scoreboard appears strategically placed, it's the outfield stands which block any potential view of the field from this roof.
A few weeks ago there were sand volleyball courts here. When the park opens, this will be surface parking. Maybe one day there will be something more interesting built on top of that parking...
Uh oh. Schizophrenia.
Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)
The wooden louvers are in on Fifth Street
I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?
Ballpark elevation viewed from Seventh Street. (Click to enlarge.)
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
Gate 29 "Carew" is at right.
Flowers and Hall-of-Fame plaques. Very nice.
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Fencing is going up all along the plaza
The HERC side, viewed from Fifth Street.
Dugout Box and Champion's Club sections are sequestered by separate moats
"Hey look! There we are!"
Handshakes all around (there's gonna be a lot of that over the next few weeks)
This would be easy to miss, but I found it on a cart located directly behind the Batter's Eye seating on the upper concourse in center field.
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures