The wood-backed seats of the Legends Club are one of the first things you notice when visiting Target Field. They jump out against the green of everything else, and you might wonder, "How do I get there?"
Legends Club seats in context (above the main concourse, below the suite level)
The best way to get in would be to know somebody. The seats are sold only in full season packages, and there's a personal seat license required before you can buy anything. Individual games are available on the secondary market, of course, but they remain a premium buy.
Nicely-cushioned seats, lots of room, great sightlines
Still, you get what you pay for. These may be the very best seats in the house.
In addition to being very comfortable (the seat bottoms are generously padded), the section is high enough to see the whole field, close enough to feel intimately connected to the action, and the amenities make it a great gameday experience.
Within the club there are three distinct zones. Today we'll look at the third base side, which features the Carew atrium.
A Killebrew tribute covers part of the wall where the entry doors are located near the escalators.
Looking from near the entry doors toward the center, the atrium is just visible at the far right.
The stunning curtains, which skillfully evoke the architecture, keep the atrium from getting too hot in the late afternoon sun, simultaneously hiding the HERC.
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
A Hrbek tribute wall marks the end of the Carew side of the club
As you can see, the glass-enclosed area is huge. Even during inclement weather, this club never gets over-crowded.
There are drink rails all along the glass, making this a great place to watch an inning or two. These views were mostly taken during the July 30 game against the Mariners, which was, of course, sold out.
When sitting behind this glass, you do lose the crowd noise. You can see people jumping up and down, but you have no sense of the full atmosphere until one of the nearby doors opens and a gust of cheers bursts through. It sort of makes me wish those windows could be opened (like up in the Twins Pubs) when conditions allow.
As with the lounges we looked at last week, a primary purpose here is to make food and restrooms easily available. As such, the concession stands are plentiful, large, and fully stocked.
North Loop Deli
But you can also get all kinds of other food and beverage. The Carew atrium features an elaborate bar beneath Rod's portrait, and a one-trip buffet ($19.95 for all you can load onto one plate) at the opposite end of the atrium.
For $19.95 you can load up your plate (one trip only)
Of course, there are extensive displays of Carew memorabilia. As with many of the other displays around the park, it's an eclectic mix, but well worth the time to take in. (The photos below really don't do them justice.)
A finishing touch in each atrium is a fireplace, probably not lit because it was such a warm day.
This atrium, along with the Puckett one, is one of the most spectacular places in the ballpark.
Thanks to Max and twinswschamps2010 for adding/clarifying info in this post.
"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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Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)
"Hey look! There we are!"
Dome, what have you taken from us?
Inspecting the delivery
Here's a quick look into the layout of the Metropolitan Club.
Some brick work out in the centerfield pavilion.
The storage tunnel is barely visible at left behind that guy.
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
Section 331, Row 9
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
Approach in the A ramp to the skywalk over Seventh
Sky through steel.
A closer look at the bridge and walls. You can see where the tracks will be laid.
Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)
A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
At the other end of the bridge, the configuration of the tracks has become clear.
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Branding on the plaza
Some of your fellow BPMers at a game in May of 2010 (we had almost the whole section)
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.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
Larry DiVito takes a last check of everything before the game starts
Fifth Street louvers way up close
OK, people are definitely riding their bikes to games! (Photo by Tim Davis, courtesy MBA)
Supports for the little sections in the outfield.
Looking up Seventh Street (click to see what it looked like from the same spot in 1950)
This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.