Accessibility Scores High Marks At Twins’ New Ballpark
Accessibility is the word at the Minnesota Twins’ new ballpark, as fans relying on wheelchairs bask in their unobstructed views of the field and extra touches like nearby plugs to recharge mobility devices.
Planners for the new stadium known as Target Field, say they intentionally went above and beyond the accessibility requirements mandated by law. For example, all of the entrances are wheelchair accessible even though laws only require a portion to be.
Beyond that, the stadium has a slew of little touches that disability advocates say make it the most accessible in the country. The counters at concession stands are designed to be 8 inches lower than normal. At the ticket windows, an agents’ lips are fully visible to the customer so that those who lip read can complete a transaction. And all of the stadium’s restaurants and elevators are also fully accessible.
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People with disabilities who have taken in an early season game at the ballpark say the the accessible seats are the best part. That’s because the seat locations were designed to ensure that railings or standing fans would not be in the way of seated wheelchair users, reports the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune. To read more click here.