Places: 573 Club
September 3, 2010 2:04 PM
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.
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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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Sure would be nice to cover that metal grid with more wooden louvers, eh?
Inexplicable bright yellow baseball amid the trees.
Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)
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Marquette looking south
A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets
A sign that your mall is all but dead: roped off escalators. (This is at about 4:00 PM on a weekday.)
Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?
Hubert's remains the only sports bar within site of the Dome after 28 years of its existence. It's a cautionary tale.
Some of Minneapolis' finest checking out the construction through a spot where a knothole will be one day.
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These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?
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This is a slightly blurry view of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.
One more time from the third base side.
A seating bowl comes into focus. Note that the netting has been installed on the foul pole. (Field Box)
A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.
A very busy place, as viewed from Target Center.
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
These openings will facilitate access to the catwalks which run throughout the canopy.
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.
Handshakes all around (there's gonna be a lot of that over the next few weeks)
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
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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
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
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Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
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Combines the previous two titles
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Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures