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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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Our conductor in Big Lake



Harmon is visible (barely) at the very center of the crowd.









It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!






Gate 29 Carew (note the walkway above open to the street where you can shout down at your lost friends to tell them where to meet you)



Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.















The Metrodome hot dog vendor. (Source: RP)



Also warming things up are these planters.



Ticket booths.



Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!



Perched welder on the top of the canopy.



This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!



Here's a closer look.



And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.









Standing, standing, standing.



Gate 6 is quite large



A very busy place, as viewed from Target Center.





















These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.



A slightly different angle, and you can see some of the structural elements.



Wind veil framing (from the inside)



You have to wonder just what happened here. Will it remain forever embedded in cement?



Click to enlarge greatly.









This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).



Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.






Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.



Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)



Viewed from an A ramp elevator lobby.



The shade of the canopy gives way to a brief shaft of light. It would do the same again a short while later when the sun passed through that tiny open sliver between the View and Terrace levels.



I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?



Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).









This is the area above the pro shop, with some new support structure


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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(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


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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)
 


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Book and six ballpark miniatures
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