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".
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Perched welder on the top of the canopy.
Limestone will cover this pretty soon, but for now you can see where the escalator is.
Once again, Noah is holding his ears because of the traffic noise.
The Puckett Atrium
We'll be packed into the first five rows of section 136. Hey, Wilson! I'm bringing my glove!
Work beneath the scoreboard
Speakers spaced evenly among the lights
New Year's Eve, 2008
Opening day, 2010
Not much facade left to be finished at this point.
Gate 29 Carew
The sign reads, "Mortenson Radio Channels".
Lots of work has gone into detailing the fronts of these decks. That is a little thing, but a NICE little thing. (HRP View)
Lots of folks working behind those ticket windows
Directly above the ceiling here is the hidden concourse which served the upper deck prior to the renovation. That concourse was closed off to the public, but became a service level for ballpark employees. It's one of the many quirks which will be lost when the wrecking ball takes the place away.
Serious home dugout work in progress.
This is the Carew gate covered in plastic.
No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.
The outfield stands as viewed through the unnumbered gate
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
Hey! That limestone looks familiar!
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
Here is where the signature art (original Twins logo) will be placed.
Here's where I was when the alarm went off, and though the siren wasn't terribly loud, at least one guy is plugging his ears.
The rules were clearly posted next to this new entry point on the Seventh Street side. I have no problem with the rules!