Picture of the Day
BallparkMagic presents a little bit of Target Field each day. (Click to enlarge.)
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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
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3004 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Open concourses do mean that you can glimpse the field no matter where you are, but not really the game.
That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.
Up there is where I plan to buy a lot of hot dogs. You can see the vending areas developing rather quickly around the completed portion of the upper concourse.
Polo Grounds from the south
The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Panels arriving on flatbed trailers in front of the Twins' dugout.
Dome, what have you taken from us?
Upper deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
Also warming things up are these planters.
Looking up toward Seventh Street.
Detroit got this part right!
Now, why is there horse shit on the street next to Target Field? (I saw it in two places. Mounted police maybe?)
Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid
Parking ramp knothole
The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.
At the other end of the bridge, the configuration of the tracks has become clear.
Citi Field as viewed from Shea.
Loading dock -- already in use!
This will be a great sight on game nights.
The top of a warehouse visible beyond a parking ramp.
Window area sketched by the limestone
Trees now line Seventh Street
The Pro Shop
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
Even today, throw a fastball to that guy at your own risk.
Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)
We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.
Our conductor in Big Lake
Artist at work
Perched welder on the top of the canopy.
Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)
Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.
Here is the most recent outfield configuration, captured from the animation video. We probably shouldn't make too much of the logos seen on the scoreboard: Best Buy, Dairy Queen, Target, Pepsi, Dodge and Qwest...
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