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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.


The entrance at Gate 3.



Circulation ramps: Wrigley (classic, integrated) and Kauffman (modern, external)









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.



Here's an idea of what these Loge Boxes are all about. That guy is a waiter with no fans to serve. They seemed to have one server for about every four boxes.









Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)






The creative design of the admin building stands in stark contrast to the horribly pedestrian appearance of the LRT platform. This design looks like it came out of a public transportation manual.



Walkway construction is progressing



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.



A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.



Now from the inside looking at the same area.









The view from the corner of Ford Centre. (Feel free to tie up your boats here.)






20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.



Plaza overview from the A ramp



Left field bench seating



This little pathway snakes between the LRT tracks and the Environmental Services Building, emptying into the parking area surrounding the HERC. It could be for maintenance, but it looks more like it's for convenience.






Approach in the A ramp to the skywalk over Seventh



Gate 29 Carew



Selling exactly what they say they're selling.






The first passengers are about to arrive, but the switch is set for the wrong track (those guys walked all the way out to correct it)



Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)






Open house skeptics



An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)



After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)



The HERC promenade side.



July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)



The east wall of the building looks like it will be the first part completed. These are probably supports for the plaza, and they hug the very edge of the site.



This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.



I love views like this. They show just how much Target Field shimmers. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction









Clemson Memorial Stadium



The seating bowl of Citizens Bank Park overlaid on the Target Field site



June 29,1936 - May 17, 2011



This is a background image extracted from one of the blueprint pages. It's essentially a schematic of the park (Terrace Level). In it you can see the shape of the various seating areas (to a certain extent).



Carew atrium menu part 1






Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune





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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