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Here are some less intrusive things things you can actually get at the ballpark.
I didn't check the menu too closely, but it looks like all the standard fare is available, and not much of the non-standard stuff.
An overview of the model display.
Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
Still some work to be done on the canopy.
Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)
The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)
Here's a curious little room at the end of the circulation ramp. What could they be selling there?
What can you see from up there? Some say not much.
The parking bay structure is now clearly visible
The past is the future. Seriously.
Original Concept - With a Retractable Roof
The plaza as seen from the B ramp.
Another deck to come...
Serious home dugout work in progress.
The littlest Twins fan: Truman
I had to hold the camera as far over my head as I could to get this shot, in which the infield is finally visible. It's a spot made for your average Timberwolves player.
A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
The stunning curtains, which skillfully evoke the architecture, keep the atrium from getting too hot in the late afternoon sun, simultaneously hiding the HERC.
Very nice Admin glass.
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...
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Some of your fellow BPMers at a game in May of 2010 (we had almost the whole section)
TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)
Would you have spotted that Twin? When you were five years old?
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
Here's a quick look into the layout of the Metropolitan Club.
Handshakes all around (there's gonna be a lot of that over the next few weeks)
The windows have started going in.
The entrance at Gate 3.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
The saddest event
Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)
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