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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.





This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?



Looking across the top of the B parking ramp. Notice that signage will block any attempts at seeing the game from up there. Also take note of the glassed in area which is part club and part office space for the Ballpark Authority.



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



(Click to enlarge greatly)






Just up the foul line, it looks like the base of the wall in foul territory on the right side.



This is the upper deck in Anaheim



Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)



Delmon Young getting warmed up



Larry DiVito, mowing



This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.



A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.






Here we are waiting for the first train to arrive at the station (Nov 14).



If you are into shade, there are lots of opportunities. This is from the last row in section 108 -- scoreboard not blocked in the least.



Wrigley Field. Paradise? Not from these seats.



This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?



Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.



Home Run Porch Terrace (bottom) and View (top) as seen from the top of the B ramp



This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.












The scoreboard terminates the view on Fifth Street as seen from Hennepin



Those two empty seats in the front row are where we started the game.



TCF Bank Stadium. Not for baseball, but still pretty cool to watch being built.



Wow! Looking good.



Items promoting the Twins 2014 All-Star Game bid. I got to bring one of these buckets home, and Noah got his first-ever taste of Cracker Jacks.






A sampling of seats at Fenway Park



A few details worth noticing (Kauffmann Stadium, New Comiskey, Comerica Park, Source: LP)



Now, THIS is just some guy who appears to be hanging out on the LRT tracks talking to himself.






Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.



Gate 3 "Killebrew"



Not my actual kids!












The glare problem.



Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)






Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)









At Comerica Park, some aisles have railings and some do not.









Bird's-eye view of the trees


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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