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 3037 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!
B ramp glimpse
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.
A whole bunch of guys working on something.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
Note the speakers hanging beneath that deck
The connection from the corner of Seventh Street and Second Avenue. You can now see where the little grassy area and franchise history board will be (the triangular area in the foreground).
Hubert's remains the only sports bar within site of the Dome after 28 years of its existence. It's a cautionary tale.
Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.
Hardware in the window! (But why are there three trophies? 1924?)
This would be easy to miss, but I found it on a cart located directly behind the Batter's Eye seating on the upper concourse in center field.
Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.
Seventh Street windows
This is the view from where the plaza will connect to the walkway on the west side of Target Center. This presumably aids traffic flow back to the A ramp, and perhaps to the skyway connection (though the doors to the skyway right there are typically exit only).
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite
You write the caption...
Here's a detail from the above image, showing the LED strips up close.
Looking down Sixth Avenue toward the plaza
Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.
Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
(Click to enlarge.)
Since pictures of the ballpark are forbidden, perhaps you'll enjoy this shot of the lovely apple tree in my front yard.
Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)
This is the left field pavilion in the original concept model. The restaurant pictured to its right has been moved, and the seating area has been extended at least one full section toward center.