The tour continues with a few shots of various concourses. Admittedly, these are not the most exciting photos of Target Field, but I know some of you will be interested to see them. (Don't forget that we started this tour with shots from the View Level.)
The main concourse.
The view out Gate 6 "Oliva".
Directly above gate 6 "Oliva" on the Club level.
Main concourse, looking toward the admin building.
Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.
This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.
That photo reminds me that I learned there will be a "sky bridge" from the A ramp (at right in this picture) to the ballpark which would be visible in that view. This was in the site plan from the very beginning, but for a while they were unsure how or if it would be funded. That's been solved. (I'd give you the details, but I must admit that my eyes sort of glaze over when governmental entities start splitting costs like a team of competing hair surgeons moving individual follicles from one place to another.)
The bridge will extend from the right side of the elevator lobby (the area closest to the camera in the above view) at about the third level of parking, to a new entrance just above and to the left of the Pro Shop.
The Twins have also made a deal with the city to have some of their parking needs shifted to this ramp, in an area that will be exclusive to the team. This was necessary given the limitations of space in the surface lot below.
Such street crossings are called "skyways" when they are fully enclosed and climate-controlled. This "sky bridge", on the other hand, will have a roof, but will just be open to the air. At least that's the current plan.
Either way, it's a great connection to make as it will further ease congestion as people head out after games.
The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.
Here's some video I shot at the very end of our tour. This shows us walking up the main concourse, then turning toward the circulation ramp. It's a route you may walk one day at the end of a game:
Even at this early date, it's possible to get a sense for what it will be like to walk these during a game. I keep expecting the sense of scale to change as the construction continues and the building gets bigger. But something about the design of this place makes everything feel very close together. It really feels like you could have a conversation from just about anywhere in the park with those steel workers all the way out in center field:
Finally, here's a little something I learned on the tour that you won't find reported anywhere else. Look at this window:
It's visible on the Seventh Street facade just to the left of the circulation ramp, toward the top, and it is actually a shoulder-level window looking out of a men's restroom!
I have just a few photos remaining from the tour: admin building, circulation building and steel.
Since Last Time
Just FYI, since my last post I had to put the finishing touches on the 2009 Ballpark Construction Calendar and get it off to press. That's been accomplished, and I think you're going to love it! Here's a sample photo that I took on my recent tour which will grace the September page of the calendar:
Here's a sneak preview of all 12 images:
I was able to include the Twins' tentative schedule for next year, as well as a quick fun fact about the ballpark on each month (close readers of this site probably won't learn anything new, but the casual observers may).
These are going to make great stocking stuffers but, based on demand so far, they will probably sell out pretty quickly. (You may have noticed that I forgot to raise the price recently. Oops! You better check it out and place your order quick before I remember...)
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"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
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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.