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.
"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
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Larry DiVito, mowing
The old flour Gold Medal Flour Mill, located next to the new Guthrie theater (Source: RP)
Directly above the ceiling here is the hidden concourse which served the upper deck prior to the renovation. That concourse was closed off to the public, but became a service level for ballpark employees. It's one of the many quirks which will be lost when the wrecking ball takes the place away.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?
That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...
Walkway construction is progressing
Mauer steps in for the first time.
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.
Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
Before the team came out to warm up, Kirby Puckett, Jr. was playing Frisbee out in center.
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
7:42 PM It moves to the left in the image and begins to blossom.
Since pictures of the ballpark are forbidden, perhaps you'll enjoy this shot of the lovely apple tree in my front yard.
Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.
Secret entrance exposed!
Skywalk over Seventh
Dedicated closed-captioning ribbon board
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
The windows have started going in.
Train. (What is it about baseball and trains?)
Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony
Here's a correction: The LRT platform will actually be able to load outbound trains from both sides.
You write the caption...
Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
A few weeks ago there were sand volleyball courts here. When the park opens, this will be surface parking. Maybe one day there will be something more interesting built on top of that parking...