Reward? How about a first look at Target Field from the View Level? (Click to enlarge greatly.)
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.
There are lots of cool things to see up there:
These guys do the heavy lifting:
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.
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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
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Ullger warms up.
It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!
Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...
Hops! (conceptual only)
Most of the main concourse is filled with construction materials...
Limestone facing and flowers on the right field overhang
This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.
TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)
Photo by Jared Wieseler
Viewed from the sidewalk on Seventh Street. No skyway infringement needed.
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
The lights have covers on the top, presumably to reduce light pollution
A mysterious smile from within a very deep planter!
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Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
The littlest Twins fan: Truman
Fenway has posts. Target Field does not. But...
Click to enlarge greatly. See yourself?
Here's a closer look.
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.