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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No griping here.
These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?
A final glimpse from the street of stadia installation along the left field line
The tracks on the right will be moved to the newly-cleared area on the left. The edge of the ballpark will be about where the rocks and dirt meet.
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
Lots of folks working behind those ticket windows
This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
A collection of support pillars for the left field pavilion.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.
This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?
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.)
Some people will go to work here every day.
Gate 34 Puckett
That is pretty close... (Grandstand)
Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)
Detail of view to the northeast (Source: LP)
The HERC promenade side.
Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)
Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew
A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.
Press box, hallway to the print room
Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.
Fencing is going up all along the plaza
The knothole (sans view of anything interesting)
The entrance from the service level corridor. (You have to pass the Twins clubhouse door to get there.)