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Minneapolis, MN 55407
"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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"I've never seen them do that before," said a Metropolitan Club waiter as I snapped this picture.
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.
Auxiliary scoreboard (note to TF principles: this is a very good idea)
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.
Harmon is visible (barely) at the very center of the crowd.
These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.
Click to enlarge
Knothole non-view #2
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).
Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.
Now from the inside looking at the same area.
The same section seen from Target Center. Yep, looks like bridge supports.
This is why I get it, even if I don't like it.
A photo taken as my meter ran out.
Photo by Jeff Ewer
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
Circulation building with construction team on top
I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.
Still some work to be done on the canopy.
The finished product.
Construction of the stands is moving from left to right in this image.
The outfield stands as viewed through the unnumbered gate
Ready for action.
Also warming things up are these planters.
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Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
Click to enlarge greatly.
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