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...)
Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to tell your friends where you get your ballpark info!
"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
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The beautiful Promenade has become a sea of temporary barricades. (Smoker's Row outside the unnumbered gate)
This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).
From behind the wind veil
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.
The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)
Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)
Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.
Outside, lots of window space
Tony Oliva, R. T. Rybak and Mike Opat
Clyde Doepner's Met Stadium Memorabilia (Source: LP)
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
2007, Noah's first game (Torii's last)
More flowers, more pennants.
This is during halftime.
Here's where I was when the alarm went off, and though the siren wasn't terribly loud, at least one guy is plugging his ears.
A timeline of design and construction of the ballpark. (Click to enlarge. Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Wind veil framing (from the inside)
A very unique space
Another classic space in the making above the Hrbek gate.
This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.
Footings for the Seventh Street walkway from the A ramp.
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)