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
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One half of those windows are well-used.
Note that, even though the scoreboard appears strategically placed, it's the outfield stands which block any potential view of the field from this roof.
Reverse view, now looking down Sixth toward the park. The Met Stadium flag pole will be right there!
Bench seating just off the plaza
The gate has grown a row of sponsorship
Do you need to know the score?
Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.
The right field overhang is in place, and the first base stands are starting to go in.
I love this view of the Basilica.
Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew
The entrances are all the way around on the other side.
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
Best view available from the "B" ramp.
The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.
Finished product (Field Terrace)
Seventh Street windows
I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Usher Anna hands out Homer Hankies
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.
Gate 3 "Killebrew"
Remember the pitch heard throughout Twins Territory? What an amazing day that was, April 12, 2010. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Dugout Box and Champion's Club sections are sequestered by separate moats
Preparations underway (Field View)
Here's the field of posts which will support the third base side of the grandstand. Some walls have started to appear about where the Northstar riders will enter the park.