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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– Bernie Williams
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Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
This is very early in the day.
From the best seat in the house (Section 8, Row A), the right field corner is blocked. (No one may care. Fine with me. People should know.)
The HERC side, viewed from Fifth Street.
OK, just how many servings per container?
Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.
Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.
The visitor's clubhouse at Target Field. (Photo by Javen Swanson)
The first completed mural
No griping here.
Speakers spaced evenly among the lights
I think AP is in there somewhere...
Here's a rack of lights being prepared for lifting into the canopy.
Open concourses do mean that you can glimpse the field no matter where you are, but not really the game.
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)
Lunch break at the top spot. (Grandstand)
This is amazingly close to completed. It's a short tunnel entrance ramp to 394 underneath the outfield stands.
Plaza seating installation
Handshakes all around (there's gonna be a lot of that over the next few weeks)
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Photo by Jared Wieseler
A closer look into the park from down the street. How great will this view be during a game??
The 1963 team won 91 games! (Click to enlarge and see the names)
Here is where the signature art (original Twins logo) will be placed.
Even today, throw a fastball to that guy at your own risk.
Two concepts here remain in the final design. First is the oddly-shaped pavilion in center. Second is the section just above the right field fence. In the current design this section will hang over the field by a few feet. The original doesn't do that, but you can see that the concept goes way back in the planning.
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.
The Pro Shop
You'll be able to park here for a quick stop at the Pro Shop or ticket window.
A truck is leaving the HERC plant. Here you can see the proximity to the promenade. For the record, the truck drove right by me and I smelled nothing...
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