This article contains corrected information about the entrances to the Pro Shop.
Here are a few more miscellaneous shots from the Terrace Level, then we'll start working our way down.
I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?
This is a closer look at the steel work.
For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.
This is the Suite Level. There are multiple suites between each pillar, and there will be seating on the area in front of the suites which currently looks like it could be a walkway.
This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.
This is the Metropolitan Club as viewed from the future Ballpark Authority office space.
This is the Seventh Street circulation ramp. Note that the floor is covered with plywood to protect it during construction. Not all construction firms are as careful with this type of protection as Mortenson.
This is the main entry to the Pro Shop. The second entry, located just outside the turnstiles, is indicated by the arrow.
Dan provided me with lots of useful information. I asked about the Pro Shop entrances, and the location decisions were cleared up and sounded rational.
Dan Kenney, my tour guide
Basically, the original design used the Pro Shop as much more of a welcoming element, but its role was reduced once the plaza was expanded, and Gate 3 was likewise broadened. Now, the gate itself serves as the welcoming spot, allowing the Pro Shop to minimize the number of entry points.
It makes sense, though I think I still would have put that outside entrance in a more prominent location -- say on the downtown end.
But that brings us to the discussion of the pedestrian experience on Seventh Street. He had seen my concerns from the earlier entry and cleared up a few things.
First, the sidewalk on that side will be widened considerably once the fence comes down. This alone will improve pedestrian safety. But there will be some parking bays installed along this strip for people picking up tickets. In addition to providing a buffer, the presence of such bays serves as a traffic calming mechanism. Drivers tend to slow down as they pass parked cars.
But the big philosophical point has to do with pedestrian flow around the ballpark. When you think about it, there will likely be very little ballpark-related foot traffic in the area where I took Noah's photo. People parking in the ramps will walk to the plaza and enter the concourse there. People who park to the north will enter at Gate 6 "Oliva" rather than walk down the Seventh Street sidewalk.
The lone exception is that there will be a secure staff entrance at the base of the circulation ramp (which I originally thought would be an additional exit after games). That's about mid-way between the Pro Shop and the "Oliva" gate.
But one way or another, the likelihood of less foot traffic along Seventh Street means that the problem is not as severe as it first appears.
One thing to remember is that the team has the right to build on the other side of Seventh Street. A building on that side would necessitate a sidewalk where there is not one now, and that changes everything.
Also, up the street there will be improvements along the HERC site, potentially including some public art up where Fifth and Seventh split.
Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".
"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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This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!
Also from the B ramp entrance off of Third, a look up at the tiny crack between ballpark and parking ramp
That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...
Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.
Purple flowers above Second Avenue
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
Wright's Marin County Hall of Justice, San Rafael, California (1959)
A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
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The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Thome steps in.
The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)
Viewed from an A ramp elevator lobby.
No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.
That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
This would have been the HERC side, though it's unclear just how far over the plant the retracted roof would have gone. My fear was always that they would have to shorten the track and more of the roof would have stayed over the ballpark. The only good retractable roof is one which disappears when not in use. I don't think they could have realistically created such a thing.
August 2001 (a month later we were engaged)
Work going on under the steel.
Larry DiVito takes a last check of everything before the game starts
Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)
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.
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...