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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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– Bernie Williams

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



Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).



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.



Now we know what the English phone booths were for...



Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.






Um, I think that guy is out.



Discussions in progress on some very brown grass...






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).






This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.



T is for Twins






This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.






The big glove will go on that circle. Note the gap between the plaza and the ramp. That's 394 you can see through there.






I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.



This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.



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






A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...



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)



Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.



Click to enlarge greatly.



Notice that the wooden-backed club seats are now covered by a green tarp for protection from the elements.






Limestone will cover this pretty soon, but for now you can see where the escalator is.



The process of building the canopy is really amazing to watch.


















Yes, son, Memorial Stadium used to be right there, just beyond those gates.






You are forgiven for wondering whether architect Tom Oslund is, in fact, a visitor from the future.






Topped off.






Loading dock -- already in use!









A very unique space



Trampled, repaired, and re-trampled grass



Twins in HD on the big board



Outside, lots of window space






Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)


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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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