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"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 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.


Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.



At the other end of the bridge, the configuration of the tracks has become clear.



These are the outside tracks which go under the promenade









North Loop Deli



Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)



I meant to include this shot the other day. It's the new LRT bridge being built next to the remaining half of the Fifth Street bridge. The new half is almost TWICE the width of the portion torn down. And the other end runs right into a HERC administration building! (Click to see the view from nearly the same spot about 85 years ago.)



Loading dock -- already in use!



This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.



Believe it or not, the actual outfield wall will be about where this fence is now!






The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.



Harmon is visible (barely) at the very center of the crowd.



The view from the upper concourse.



Jose Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal has towers much like I'm imagining to hold up our canopy while also making a bold statement on the horizon



Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)



Flagpole historian Ben McEvers at far right (click for the full photo set, graciously loaned to this site by Pat Backen)



Poles through the gap



I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.



Bike parking available along Second Avenue



Name that band. Please. (Mick Sterling)



They can put a camera just about anywhere. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)









A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.






The dish!






This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.



7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.



Today's match-up (click to enlarge)



Approach in the A ramp to the skywalk over Seventh






Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.






Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.



A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets









Twins in HD on the big board



The view from section 210



The main concourse.









This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).



The Puckett Atrium






The plaza has been finished off just beautifully.


Glossary

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
 


(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(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
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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