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
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3004 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
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.
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.
Section 331, Row 9
Wind veil framing
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
Trees now line Seventh Street
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.
Do you know who did this drawing? If so, please tell me so I can give them proper credit.
Looking across the top of the B parking ramp. Notice that signage will block any attempts at seeing the game from up there. Also take note of the glassed in area which is part club and part office space for the Ballpark Authority.
There must be millions of details needing tending
Ye Olde Tyme Vegetable Cart (and its modern cousin)
Looking from First Avenue toward the ballpark (over the top of a construction barricade)
Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.
Seat logos in place
A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game
Snow-blowing the field
Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
Now, why is there horse shit on the street next to Target Field? (I saw it in two places. Mounted police maybe?)
Also warming things up are these planters.
The saddest event
A peek through a tiny gate.
Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
North Loop Deli
Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.
Louver samples on display.
Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)