Places: Legends Club, Part 2 (Puckett Side)
August 26, 2010 12:51 AM
Here's something you may not have noticed about the Legends Club: it's lopsided. OK, maybe "asymmetrical" is a nicer way to put it, but there's no doubt that there are seven full sections of seating on the third base side, and only four on the first base side (there are five and a half partial sections in between).
Fun with section counting!
From the seating bowl, the press box separates the two sides, and it's clear that the print press area extends into what might otherwise be club space up the first base line. (People sitting in front of the press box can go either way.)
That was a relatively late change to the overall floor plan of the club level, and the impact inside is really pretty minor. But it does partially explain why this side really does feel smaller on the inside. The other reason is that the event suites encroach from the other end.
But the amenities are every bit as nice. There's a bar right inside the entry.
Friendly faces greet you right inside the door of the Legends Club.
The area is appointed pretty much like the other side.
The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.
Other than the player featured and the view out the big windows, this atrium is almost identical to the other. Same bar configuration at one end, and same buffet at the other.
I love this view of the Basilica.
This is also the place where I first glimpsed one of those amazing mobile dessert carts...
The view from the drink rails is also very impressive.
In March, we were still only imagining baseball through those windows.
The Puckett memorabilia displays contain some definite oddities, though these photos once again don't do them justice.
A Tony Oliva tribute wall ends this side of the club as you move toward the other side.
Here's a look into the club from one of the elevator lobbies. Giant photos of Twins line the walls of this long hallway between the two sides of the club.
In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.
This looks toward the middle of the park. The third base side of the Legends Club is to the right up ahead, while the 573 Club is just barely visible at the end of the hallway. It extends to the left.
Just beyond that, in a sort of no-man's-land between the two sides of the club is a Tom Kelly tribute wall.
I'm sure that even that much attention is uncomfortable for TK, but there's no better place to recognize his contributions to the franchise than the Legends Club.
I've mentioned it once before, but I've finished poring over the new Steve Berg book about the history of Target Field (available in hardcover now at the ballpark for around $40, or in paperback this coming November). It's just spectacular. Great prose, great pictures. You will not be disappointed.
My full review is coming.
The whole thing inspired me to look back through the archives of information I've accumulated, much of which was posted for a long time on my predecessor web site, or on the DTFC forums. A bunch of these images are now available officially in the book, along with many spectacular images of the early designs which have never been public until now.
But for every small revelation, there is a corresponding and perplexing omission. I'll get into that in more detail in the review. But my research has been aided by reloading some of those original pages, which you can now look through as well.
What you find there, along with a few things I'm still looking for to add back in, are really pretty essential to understanding just how the whole process worked.
Also, I've completely updated my bibliography, which lists over 50 of the books in my collection (the exact number keeps changing) which I use as resources for this site. If you are a ballpark geek, you'll probably find something interesting here -- and many of them can be purchased used for less than the price of a Dugout Dog.
Up next in the tour of places: The 573 Club.
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Before the team came out to warm up, Kirby Puckett, Jr. was playing Frisbee out in center.
The circulation ramp on the north now has its louver framing.
This is where the plaza meets First Avenue
"Hey, Ma, it says here we go in at gate 34. Must be all the way around on the other side!" Seriously, though, this is a really inspired idea.
This will be a great sight on game nights.
His body language might as well be the box score.
At the corner of the Pro Shop.
At one point, we thought these windows might represent one of the so-called knotholes. But nope. Nothing to see here. (Nearest I can tell, there will be no view of the playing field whatsoever from the Seventh Street sidewalk.)
Wright's Marin County Hall of Justice, San Rafael, California (1959)
The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."
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.
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
That group was working on something very carefully, but I couldn't tell just what it was.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Click to enlarge greatly. See yourself?
That is pretty close... (Grandstand)
Lots of people are doing it.
Don Swanson, left, in-coming commander of the Richfield American Legion, and Joe Kennedy, right, out-going commander, are pictured with the Legion's new flag pole, which once stood at old Metropolitan Stadium. (Click to enlarge.)
I love views like this. They show just how much Target Field shimmers. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)
With the engine behind us, we got a real sense of how fast we were going by looking out the front (back) window
This is the last hope for so-called knot-hole views. I'm skeptical.
The east wall of the building looks like it will be the first part completed. These are probably supports for the plaza, and they hug the very edge of the site.
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
The plaza has been finished off just beautifully.
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
The back gates at Comerica park, like everything else, a bit overwrought.
Lots of self-portraits were taken here after the final out.
This view, from the Minnekahda building (or possibly a predecessor), looks toward the right field corner. The City Market, at left, occupied the land where the B ramp and Target Plaza now stand (over I-394). And the Overlook now juts out just a little beyond where that driveway enters the railyard.
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