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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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3046 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.


In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.



This was on BPM night. Nice neon, but I'm still waiting to see the homer show.






This is where you will put out your butts -- I mean enjoy some pretty flowers.






This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.



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



Emergency access viewed in context



The Puckett Atrium






Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)






Which way to the skyway? Really??



8:22 PM The sun has caused glare in the webcam, but you can still see the reflection affecting the upper deck behind home plate.



A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)



Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.



Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P






The Northstar circulation building is starting to take shape.



5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.



The mounds have grown seating supports



Two train stations









Plaza overview from the A ramp



B ramp glimpse






This looks like a Twins Pub, but is actually the scoreboard operations.






Poles through the gap









Three weeks ago this was a patch of scruffy trees. Now it's a patio. In case you were wondering, that's where I've been...



Two plazas in Spain. (Brad and I were pretending to steal coins from the fountain. We were all just so darn funny back in high school, eh?)



Inspecting the delivery



Two concepts here remain in the final design. First is the oddly-shaped pavilion in center. Second is the section just above the right field fence. In the current design this section will hang over the field by a few feet. The original doesn't do that, but you can see that the concept goes way back in the planning.






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 french fry lights were on!



A closer look into the park from down the street. How great will this view be during a game??



We'll be packed into the first five rows of section 136. Hey, Wilson! I'm bringing my glove!



Our engineer.






Heaters over standing room (the backs of the retired number circles visible above)



Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.





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

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Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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