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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A few details worth noticing (Kauffmann Stadium, New Comiskey, Comerica Park, Source: LP)
Hey! That limestone looks familiar!
Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)
Scoreboard in profile against the skyline
Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
Most of the main concourse is filled with construction materials...
A final glimpse from the street of stadia installation along the left field line
This view is from the roof of a warehouse which stood where the A ramp is today. The HERC is now located where the tracks turned north (toward the top).
This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.
The ballpark development area expanded by 1000 feet in each direction
B ramp improvements are finally becoming usable. The doors lead to the plaza beneath the skyway steps.
The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.
The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002
Now from the inside looking at the same area.
Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.
Justin Morneau, mobbed after a game-winning homer on June 9
Where you are, and where you can go.
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
A mass of rebar and complicated cable runs ready for a pour.
Go get 'em, boys!
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.
Here's a closer look.
This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.
Someone please get those poor people a drink of water. (Gate 34, after the game had started)
The 1963 team won 91 games! (Click to enlarge and see the names)
This is the outside portion of the Metropolitan Club.
The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)
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
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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)
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Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures