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Old May 16th, 2008, 03:18 AM   #41
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...In Miller Park, even with the roof and outfield panels open, you never feel like you're outdoors.
I do have to say that Miller Park is one hell of an imposing/impressive structure when driving into Milwaukee though!
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Old May 17th, 2008, 02:10 AM   #42
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Milwaukee played in County Stadium for decades with little problem, I'm sure the Twins will be fine. In fact, I applaud them for building an outdoor stadium, it may be a bit colder in the spring, but nothing beats baseball outdoors in the summer. In Miller Park, even with the roof and outfield panels open, you never feel like you're outdoors.
Miller park can be an oven on those hot summer days mainly because there just isn't much air movement. And the third base side is the worst because then you have the sun beating down on you all day long. I love the stadium for watching a game but it can be uncomfortable sometimes.
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I do have to say that Miller Park is one hell of an imposing/impressive structure when driving into Milwaukee though!
Yeah, although I hate red brick facades, I think Miller Park is the best looking stadium from the outside. The new Shea stadium looks like it'll be awesome as well and of course I'm looking forward to seeing this new Twins Stadium from the outside. I'm glad they decided to be original and do something other than red brick, YUCK! I think you guys are going to have a very fine stadium!

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Here's a shot from this blog showing a test panel for the exterior materials. The native Kasota limestone being used looks like it will be quite variegated in color.

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Old August 4th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #45
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Any construction updates?

What a view. It's only rival in terms of skyline views will be PNC Park:

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Any construction updates?
Here's a couple of fine shots from Saturday, taken by forumer MidwestProduct and posted at Minnescraper.

You can see a lot more progress images here!



On the extreme right side of this view you can see the reconstructed roadway for the LRT station. The stadium will also be linked to the 2nd-story enclosed walkway system that connects most of downtown Minneapolis.

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Thanks a lot.
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Sure, anytime! Sometimes Minnesota forumers forget to post updates here since most are busy at Minnescraper.com, so continue to badger us for news if you want.

Here's an image I took through a dirty window of the Ford Centre on the opposite side of the stadium (the red brick building to the right in the 2nd photo above). It's annotated to show the integration of the public transport system into the stadium.

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The new Minnesota Twins Ballpark will be named Target Field.

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The Minnesota Twins have reached an agreement in principle on a 25-year partnership with Target Corp. that includes the right to name the team's new ballpark Target Field, the team announced today.

The 40,000-seat stadium will open in the downtown Minneapolis Warehouse district in time for the Twins home opener in the spring of 2010.

The Major League Baseball team also will collaborate with Target Corp. on the design of Target Plaza, a pedestrian bridge and public gathering space connecting the ballpark with downtown Minneapolis, said Kevin Smith, a Twins spokesman.
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Milwaukee played in County Stadium for decades with little problem, I'm sure the Twins will be fine. In fact, I applaud them for building an outdoor stadium, it may be a bit colder in the spring, but nothing beats baseball outdoors in the summer. In Miller Park, even with the roof and outfield panels open, you never feel like you're outdoors.
As much money baseball players make these days, let'em play in the cold!
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 11:18 PM   #51
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Construction Updates

Monday, November 3,2008

View from 7th Street:


The Kasota limestone exterior:



Facade along 7th Street, looking back toward the city's core:



Structure of one of several cantilevers:



Main entry area:



Target plaza, connecting the stadium to the Warehouse Entertainment District:



The first of the seating stringers are in place, along with the first structural components of the wrap-around canopy:



The field area, with a red marker showing the location of home plate:



The north part of Target Plaza connecting to the Target Center, showing (presumably) planter areas for the trees:

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Nice job Mnpls!!
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As much money baseball players make these days, let'em play in the cold!
I agree but the sad fact is that on cold bad wheather days the team loses attendance and revenue, revenue that small market teams like Milwaukee and Minnesota can't make up.
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I really like the design of this new stadium, but I too am on the side of questioning a non-domed stadium in Minnesota. As Paule said it will hurt attendance. After watching this year's world series, it was even more support for why baseball stadiums should be built with roofs in unpredictable climates. Baseball can start as early as the end of March and next year will end in November, weather in the upper midwest can be very unpredictable, why let mother nature ruin the fun when we have technology that can prevent that. I bet we will see some April games be moved Milwaukee at least once in the next five years.

Again I really like the design and location of the stadium and I guess this beats the alternative of no baseball in Minneapolis.
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Looks fantastic!
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I really like the design of this new stadium, but I too am on the side of questioning a non-domed stadium in Minnesota. As Paule said it will hurt attendance. After watching this year's world series, it was even more support for why baseball stadiums should be built with roofs in unpredictable climates. Baseball can start as early as the end of March and next year will end in November, weather in the upper midwest can be very unpredictable, why let mother nature ruin the fun when we have technology that can prevent that. I bet we will see some April games be moved Milwaukee at least once in the next five years.

Again I really like the design and location of the stadium and I guess this beats the alternative of no baseball in Minneapolis.
They'll pack em in in that stadium in the Summer though, she will be a beaut!
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Target Plaza is undergoing a dramatic redesign, according to landscape architect Tom Oslund:

"When we were asked to design this space, we went back and did research on baseball and started thinking about the elements of the game, from the bat to the mound to the infield. We were confronted with a sizeable problem with this parking ramp flanking one side of the plaza. I began looking at artist work that could solve the problem simply and beautifully and I discovered (California artist) Ned Kahn. (Kahn created) a wind screen piece, and it’s going to be absolutely mesmerizing. This thing is 350 feet long and 60 feet high. We carried the baseball theme all the way through, so each one of the pixels (on Kahn’s installation) will be the size of a baseball card. There’s also a lot of tongue in cheek, where you have hops growing up these topiary bats, which is beer and baseball, which go together.

We walked into this meeting and presented these solutions and I thought they were going to laugh us out of the room. I was doing it not to be funny or flippant, it was my way of trying to wrap my head around how you create a space that would resonate with why people are going to it. They loved it."


Preliminary renderings are available here.
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Has anyone taken a minute to check out Kahn's work? It's amazing.

I thought it would be a static art piece when I first looked at it, but all the "pixels" move with the wind.



http://nedkahn.com/wind.html
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It is a really beautiful ballpark, but anyone think the stone they used looks a little southwestern?
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It is a really beautiful ballpark, but anyone think the stone they used looks a little southwestern?
Funny you should say that. It is all from various Minnesota quarries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasota_limestone

Here is one better known example of it in action:

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