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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"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
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The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
Looking south (toward Seventh Street).
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Better them than me
Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
Inspecting the delivery
A collection of support pillars for the left field pavilion.
A final glimpse from the street of stadia installation along the left field line
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)
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.
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
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.
A peak inside what will become the main concourse.
Viewed from up Sixth Street (that's Target Center on the left), you can get an idea of how the connection is currently planned. As it stands now, the plaza will extend to that support pillar, from which a stairway will empty to the sidewalk below. If they get their wish, additional support structures will provide a walkway along Target Center which will gradually (without stairs) meet the sidewalk somewhere up near First Avenue.
Circulation building with construction team on top
Peering through Gate 29 -- lots to see
In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.
Speakers spaced evenly among the lights
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.
Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!
The equivalent spot on the model.
Arrival back at Target Field
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.
Looking down what was Third Avenue, and will be a freeway entrance ramp beneath the outfield stands.
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
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