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Happy Sigh.

May 2, 2007 1:10 AM

The lease is signed! The quick-take is accomplished! The railroad is happy!

Get your cars out of that lot, people! It's time to dig!

A Parking Lot

This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.

Cudos, gentlemen.

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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

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A sign that your mall is all but dead: roped off escalators. (This is at about 4:00 PM on a weekday.)



The Hrbek gate is directly below. It's a lively place after a game.



Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction



The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)






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



Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)









Do you need to know the score?



All that's left is to add wood! (Seventh Street circulation ramp.)



The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)



I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)









Puckett atrium menu part 2 (Those prices match elsewhere in the ballpark.)



Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...






Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza






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



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






Concrete molds are being removed!






The Northstar station at night



The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.



The Pantheon (with inset of the magic eye)



Today's match-up (click to enlarge)















Fenway has posts. Target Field does not. But...



Very nice Admin glass.



Final Metrodome baseball sight



Walkway overview



They could not help the Twins on this night.









Here's the entrance from the seating bowl.






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



I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)



Because of the scale, it's sometimes hard to realize that there are actual guys down there doing the tough work! Here they are getting ready to pour a footing.



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



Section 125, Row 1



This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.



The rules were clearly posted next to this new entry point on the Seventh Street side. I have no problem with the rules!





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