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 3037 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Somebody asked how long it would be before the tarp had a sponsor. Well, not very long.
Steps, skyway, and plaza intersect.
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.
There must be millions of details needing tending
Not my actual kids!
What can you see from up there? Some say not much.
Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)
Glove from above
ATM-style ticket machines have appeared beneath the steps to the B ramp (you can also enter the B ramp directly by walking past the ticket machines)
Millers fans leaving Nicollet Park after a game in 1923, where a trolley was waiting. (Click to enlarge.)
The wall of brands at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley (Source: RP)
Back of scoreboard; facade in context.
Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".
Trampled, repaired, and re-trampled grass
The creative design of the admin building stands in stark contrast to the horribly pedestrian appearance of the LRT platform. This design looks like it came out of a public transportation manual.
Final Metrodome baseball sight
Walkway sneak peek
This view, from the Minnekahda building (or possibly a predecessor), looks toward the right field corner. The City Market, at left, occupied the land where the B ramp and Target Plaza now stand (over I-394). And the Overlook now juts out just a little beyond where that driveway enters the railyard.
The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...
They could not help the Twins on this night.
Um, I think that guy is out.
That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.
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Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
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The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)
Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)
View from the Overlook
B ramp improvements are finally becoming usable. The doors lead to the plaza beneath the skyway steps.