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Ah, the View (Level)!

November 5, 2008 12:06 AM

Reward? How about a first look at Target Field from the View Level? (Click to enlarge greatly.)

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I spent 90 minutes touring the ballpark this afternoon with Dan Kenney (Executive Director of the Ballpark Authority).

There's no way to see everything in that short period of time. But we saw a lot, and we did get all the way up to the top to see what the view is like from the cheap seats. I must say, it's pretty good.

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There are lots of cool things to see up there:

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These guys do the heavy lifting:

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From this level (officially, this is the Terrace Level with stairs up to the View Level), the seating goes up toward the canopy, but it also goes down by a half dozen rows which will be attached to the facing of this level. Even in its current unfinished state, it's clear that these will be great seats.

In fact, it's easy now to get a real sense of how the park will feel when completed. It is, if nothing else, completely unique.

More to come!

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Thanks for the update. I'll most likely get my season tickets on the view level so this is really appreciated. Thanks!

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 01:00 AM by Camden Pike Highlight this comment 1

OH NO!! The Multi-Foods is falling down!

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 01:12 AM by JC Highlight this comment 2

That might not be such a bad thing (about the Multi-Foods building).

Thanks for the pics, Rick! I love 'em!

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 01:45 AM by chuck in ak Highlight this comment 3

those are great.... makes me re think my season ticket plan in the lf bleechers....up there i can see the skyline and the scoreboard

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 06:40 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 4

Thanks for the treat, Rick. Very cool.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 09:24 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 5

Who plans on going to opening day 2010?
If so, are the tickets going to be really hard to get? (like sleeping outside waiting) or is it just a select few of us who are obsessed with this park?

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 10:27 AM by Matt Highlight this comment 6

I would assume you will have to be a season ticket holder or pay way above face value to get into opening day 2010....so call the twins and get priority now !

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 11:02 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 7

oh and yes i will be going to opening day Matt

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 11:27 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 8

i'm fine skipping opening day because no matter what i am going to game #2

i really want to watch the game on tv because chances are it will be the espn sunday night game with the blimp and great coverage.

though if i could get tickets (within a somewhat reasonable price range), i would drop everything and go to the game.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 11:37 AM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 9

I will enjoy watching the games on TV more as well. It will be nice to see fans behind the plate instead of that ugly blue wall we've been looking at for 27 yrs!

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 12:12 PM by J2K Highlight this comment 10

I'll be there. And I'll probably be there when they run a test of the park and hold an exhibition.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 11

annoying customer, The first game would not be played on a Sunday. A series never starts on a Sunday. I'm planning on going to the first game. It'll be like a dream !!!

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 3:18 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 12

Unless of course, dare i say, there are rain outs days before the Sunday.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 13

I think this year started on a sunday and thye showcased washingtons park.. so Annoying customer is prob correct...

I know that jon miller and joe morgan did it

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM by MAZARATIRICK Highlight this comment 14

JohnF - are you forgetting Nat's park this past year? Click on my name for the link to the MLB.com story, then look at a calendar to see what day of the week 3/30/08 was...

President Bush throwing out the first pitch, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, the walk-off HR (maybe the only sell-out at Nat's Park all year)...

I sure wouldn't be surprised if the Twins got a similar game in 2010.

Moose

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 15

They did this in 2007 too (click link in my name).

Moose

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 3:46 PM by Moose97 Highlight this comment 16

I definitely will plan on being there opening day. Actually, opening series since I'll have to make a full trip out of it. Maybe I've been more optimistic than I should be about getting tickets. Not all of the seats are season ticket types. Nobody pop my happy balloon!

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 3:59 PM by chuck in ak Highlight this comment 17

ohh sorry did not mean it like you would not be able to get seats i just figure all the ticket brokers will be all over 2010 for the "fad" factor of the new ballpark.. people who dont care about the twins will go ... so it will be hard but not that hard just go online the day tickets go onsale and get whatever is available.... well chekc that, twinsfest will probably sell those out...

either way there will be a man down there with a smile and a "need tickets sign"

im just saying there will not be any walk up tickets availble..

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 4:39 PM by MAZARATIRICK Highlight this comment 18

mazaratirick has it right. regardless of how some may feel about it getting tickets to twins games starting in 2010 is not going to be the easy, carefree experience is has been in the past where a lot of people just decide on a whim: "i think i would like to go to a twins game". the metrodome made that possible because it seats 54,000 for baseball.

as i am sure most of you already know you will either need to be a season ticket holder come 2010 or scoop up a bunch of single-game tickets before the season starts if you are unwilling to pay broker/scalper type prices. people are just going to have to get used to that fact.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 5:13 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 19

Oops, You're right I forgot about the single Sunday night opener. I mistake.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 5:13 PM by JohnF Highlight this comment 20

The 'View Level' could very well be the best value seats in baseball. This is turning into a top 5 ballpark.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 5:21 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 21

Mazaratirick,

Don't you mean there will be a guy tailgating with a sign that says *Need Tickets*?

OH SNAP!!

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 8:35 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 22

oh no he dident.....lol

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 9:17 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 23

If you make your way over to the Yankees website you can now see pictures of the sod laid out on the field. Say what you will about New Yankee Stadium, but their is something magical about seeing the grass in a new stadium. In those few days it went from being a building to being a ballpark. I makes me all the more excited for Target Field to take on the life and persona of a ballpark.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 9:45 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 24

Found this in Sid's column in the S-Trib...The Twins will unveil a new uniform commemorating the team's first season in the Metrodome at a special event featuring Justin Morneau on Nov. 24.

This will be interesting to see!!

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 11:07 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 25

I saw Sid's blurb about the uni's commemorating the teams FIRST year at the Metrodome. Wouldn't it make more sense the the uniforms commemorate the team's LAST year at the Metrodome? Their were a couple of other items in Sid's column today that make me question his current mental state.

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 10:51 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 26


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