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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 trailer village has sprung up to the south.



The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)












This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.









Section 139, Row 8



From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).



From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.






Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room



The moat walkway viewed from across the park.



Hit gap, win suit!









Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6



Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)



The outfield stands as viewed through the unnumbered gate



People! (In the Legends Club)



Ticket booths.



Look closely at the overhang. You'll see the on the right it is flush with the fence, and then it sticks out farther and farther as you move toward center. More fun for Michael Cuddyer.









(Click to enlarge.)



Work in progress to improve the streetscape on Second Avenue



Looking through the transit hub



Field access on the visitor's side









They could not help the Twins on this night.






Not sure what those supports are for -- probably stadia.



Open house skeptics



Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)












Here's where the plaza will empty out around that skyway emergency exit tower at the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street.









The dessert carts came out earlier, and looked even better than last year.






I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.












Touring the Rapid Park site (L-R: Commissioners Wade, Vekich, Sykora, Cramer, and tour guide Chuck Ballentine, source: RP)


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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