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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The circulation ramp on the north now has its louver framing.
Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.
Purple flowers above Second Avenue
I love this view of the Basilica.
Then you turn around to this!
From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.
Wrigley Field viewed while approaching on foot from the northwest
I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
Through the windows of the Metropolitan Club you can see one of the displays of Met Stadium memorabilia.
We bumped into Jerry Bell (at right)!
Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)
LRT station has appeared.
A recent view of the Bud deck in progress
Touring the Rapid Park site (L-R: Commissioners Wade, Vekich, Sykora, Cramer, and tour guide Chuck Ballentine, source: RP)
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
Loading docks to the right, VIP entrances to the left.
The HERC side, viewed from Fifth Street.
These stairs will meet the skyway.
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.
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
A very busy place, as viewed from Target Center.
Town Ball Tavern balcony
These openings will facilitate access to the catwalks which run throughout the canopy.