From above, Target Field looks something like a spinning baseball. The building projects constant motion, with jets of energy leaping from its corners into the surrounding space.
It might have been enough just to have these jets as superficial elements of the facade, but all have been finished off into dramatic, and highly functional, spaces. The Metropolitan Club and pro shop reach out with the canopy on the plaza side, while the Town Ball Tavern balcony extends the other end of the canopy toward Fifth Street and the trains.
In between, at the home plate corner of the ballpark, an equally dramatic jet honors perhaps the greatest Twin of all, and his Hall-of-Fame, home-run-filled career.
Harmon Killebrew's career home run total is appropriately carved into the signature limestone, to give the 573 Club its name. Carrying the theme throughout the room are large photographs of his classic swing.
This mural is behind the staircase. The window looks onto the promenade, and the door goes to a kitchen.
This looks from the base of the stairs, behind the big pillars, toward the street.
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
Killebrew's autograph adorns a bar which evokes the gigantic piece of lumber that home run hitters bring to the plate. (An earlier idea to have the bar made entirely from an uncut piece of ash was scrapped when the cost estimate came in close to a million bucks.)
The purpose of the space during games is really just for lounging. But it is available for rental for special events on non-game days.
Night (about the 7th inning)
Compare this picture, from the open house in March, with the one above and you'll see that some furniture reconfiguration has taken place.
Unlike Hrbek's (which is directly below this space), I have never seen the 573 Club teeming with people. It definitely has a "club" feel, but not a "bar" feel at all. And while there are monitors available to keep up on the game, they are sort of downplayed. This is a place to come when you need a little quiet time away from the game, perhaps to take or make a call.
Balconies extend the space over the sidewalks and out into the neighborhood.
Looking from the doorway to the south, across Seventh Street
Looking up Seventh Street to the west
At the end of the balcony you can see down the promenade.
Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony
The Hrbek gate is directly below. It's a lively place after a game.
Looking back toward the doorway into the club
And, like the other spaces in the Legends Club, memorabilia is on display.
Two additional spaces are directly adjacent to the 573 Club. This map of the Club Level should help in orienting your view.
As you exit the 573 Club back into the Legends Club hallway, you run right into the famous "quote wall" which is just outside the press box.
To the left of the quote wall, around a corner, is the security desk for the press box, one of the many places in the park where small gatherings of people can be seen preparing for the event just before the gates open.
Directly across from the quote wall, to the right as you exit the 573 Club, is a fairly large retail store.
The Legends Club retail store is just visible at the right of this picture.
Finally, you've probably seen this in plenty of images, but right at the turn in the hallway, where the three Legends Club areas meet at the press box, a gigantic Twins logo is embedded in the floor.
There's no mistaking who this place belongs to, or who among the legions of players which have worn the uniform has made significant impact on the character of the club.
I fully intended to squeeze seat width and sightline talk into this post, but it got a little long. I had a rare opportunity to do some actual measuring and was more than a little surprised by what I found. That will have to wait until next time.
When the tour resumes: Metropolitan Club, Town Ball Tavern, Hrbek's, Twins Pubs, and the Suite Level.
"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
Explore the Site
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As mentioned earlier, one of the best climate-controlled views of construction is from the 7th floor elevator lobby in the A ramp. (That's Noah getting his first glimpse of the new ballpark.)
Also from the B ramp entrance off of Third, a look up at the tiny crack between ballpark and parking ramp
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.
Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)
An early concept for St. Paul.
From the ground beneath the troubled skyway.
The east wall of the building looks like it will be the first part completed. These are probably supports for the plaza, and they hug the very edge of the site.
Circulation building with construction team on top
Here's what they do in April at Comerica Park
The entrances are all the way around on the other side.
A new address for the Admin building
Speakers spaced evenly among the lights
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
The lights have covers on the top, presumably to reduce light pollution
At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.
This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.
Those two empty seats in the front row are where we started the game.
Looking north (toward Fifth Street and the LRT station).
I finally found the corner of TF dedicated to the Senators. What a wonderful sight.
Section 101, Row 34
Installation in action (Home Plate Box)
Name that band. Please. (Mick Sterling)
The plaza has been finished off just beautifully.
The alumni band sounded great.
New section labels, but some curious choices.
Discussions in progress on some very brown grass...
A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.