Places: Legends Club, Part 1 (Carew Side)
August 24, 2010 1:27 AM
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.
Up next: The Puckett Side
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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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The big glove will go on that circle. Note the gap between the plaza and the ramp. That's 394 you can see through there.
This is NOT Twins Territory anymore
What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.
This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.
2014 Twins ASG promo bat.
Walkway construction is progressing
This is the actual entrance for Gate 6. Notice how close the seating will be. The back row of the lower deck will be mere inches beyond that inner support post.
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room
Up close, this is what you'll see as you walk along.
Looking the other direction, again from Ford Centre, you can see what's going on over the tracks. This will be a public promenade.
There's the opening through which the groundskeeping equipment will emerge (and disappear).
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
Peering through Gate 29 -- lots to see
Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.
The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.
Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)
Red is old Yankee Stadium. This diagram comes from FieldOfSchemes.com
A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)
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.
Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)
A true fan out in the bleachers
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?
The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
(Click to enlarge)
Snow-blowing the field
Just some of the lumiaries who turned out for the unveiling (Terry is clearly thinking about Sidney Ponson).
The mounds have grown seating supports
A closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.
I saw it at another park...
BPM - Ballpark Magic
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)
Second Edition (2006)
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)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures