Tour Photos, Part Two
November 5, 2008 11:23 PM
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".
More touring yet to come...
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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
Explore the Site
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Photo by Tyler Wycoff
At the end of the balcony you can see down the promenade.
From the best seat in the house (Section 8, Row A), the right field corner is blocked. (No one may care. Fine with me. People should know.)
The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)
Limestone facing and flowers on the right field overhang
That's Tony Oliva checking out ballpark construction from the roof of Target Center.
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
Lunch break at the top spot. (Grandstand)
Millers fans leaving Nicollet Park after a game in 1923, where a trolley was waiting. (Click to enlarge.)
Overview of the storage tracks.
Looking up Seventh Street to the west
Dramatic night-time lighting.
Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.
Click to enlarge greatly. See yourself?
Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).
This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.
Because of the scale, it's sometimes hard to realize that there are actual guys down there doing the tough work! Here they are getting ready to pour a footing.
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.
Hit gap, win suit!
From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.
Click to see the full-size image.
The windows have started going in.
Fun with section counting!
Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures