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 3019 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Love the red flowers -- just like the original concept drawings. That NEVER happens.
The official ballpark development area
Print press box
Wayfinding within the B ramp is still a work in progress.
This looks up Fifth Street (LRT train visible in the distance). This bridge is also being partially rebuilt (see next photo).
Looking out from under Gate 34
A cross section of the field construction. (Click to enlarge.)
Section 101, Row 34
Gate 29 "Carew" is at right.
Complicated pedestrian crossing
This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.
The completed promenade
I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)
On this day, George was handling fruits and veggies right inside gate 34.
The view out Gate 6 "Oliva".
Guthrie Theater (original design colors)
The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.
The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
Which way to the skyway? Really??
Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)
For reference, here's that spot on the model.
Now, THIS is just some guy who appears to be hanging out on the LRT tracks talking to himself.
Gate 29 escalators
Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.
Lots of folks working behind those ticket windows
The overhang as seen through the unnumbered gate
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.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
Left to right: Opat, Oliva, Dave St. Peter, Melvin Tennant (Meet Minneapolis), Jerry Bell, Rybak
(Click to enlarge)
The rules were clearly posted next to this new entry point on the Seventh Street side. I have no problem with the rules!
The first completed mural
Press box, hallway to the print room
Walkway entrance from ramp
A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...
The view from our seats. I took this picture while standing, and the railing would prove mildly problematic when I sat down -- but not as much as my scorecard, which I always seemed to be holding right in Vic's view of the plate (she told me so).
I had to hold the camera as far over my head as I could to get this shot, in which the infield is finally visible. It's a spot made for your average Timberwolves player.