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 3046 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Our host points to the Puckett Atrium on the diagram.
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Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.
Mound from the other side
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
This is the Carew gate covered in plastic.
Suite level view
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Work in progress to improve the streetscape on Second Avenue
A timeline of design and construction of the ballpark. (Click to enlarge. Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.
Sky through steel.
The pouring is taking place at the very bottom of this photo.
Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
Here are some less intrusive things things you can actually get at the ballpark.
Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)
Secret entrance exposed!
Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".
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You can finally see how the plaza will meet the street on the north side of this emergency exit tower (which will be converted to a regular entrance/exit)
Poles through the gap
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Hit gap, win suit!
And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.
4th inning in the nearly deserted Home Run Porch View Level in left.
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Up inside the circulation building. (That's the LRT platform visible through the windows.)
Can you name that field? (Braemer Park, Edina)
Overview of the storage tracks.
Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings
Ballpark elevation viewed from Seventh Street. (Click to enlarge.)