Posted by: gravessack | April 8, 2010

A Private Tour of Target Field

Sam, Michael, Euan Kerr and Andi from MN Public Radio

On April 5, we had a private tour of Target Field to check out all sorts of accessible features. Chris Iles, Corporate Communications Manager for the Twins, spent more than an hour showing us around. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Euan Kerr and his photographer also went along and will be airing a report on Friday, April 9, during All Things Considered (we think it’s on between 3-6pm).

Here’s our report: We parked in Ramp A, on the west end, level 3. That’s where the skyway connects directly to Target Field. The weird thing: NO handicapped parking on that end, even though that is the most accessible entrance into the field. It would be good if the parking ramp guys fixed that! We walked all the way around the outside of the stadium to find the Executive Offices. MN Twins’ President Dave St. Peter had his assistant take us to the Captain Q deck, where we met Chris for our tour.

Here is what we discovered and found interesting:

  • The concession stands and ticket booths are at a great height for wheelchair users.
  • The rails in front of handicapped seating are at an outstanding height. We’ll actually be able to see the game!
  • There are places to charge power wheelchairs by the guest services stations if necessary.
  • It will be easy to find straws (impossible in the Metrodome).
  • There’s a ramp on the main concourse to the next level.
  • There are heaters hanging from the ceiling on the main concourse and heated “bad weather” rooms on each level.
  • There are wheelchair seats on the Metropolitan Club deck (great place to eat and watch the game) and a ramp to the bar area.
  • Bars in back of some wheelchair sections will keep crowds from tripping over fans in wheelchairs.
  • There are several family bathrooms in case a fan needs assistance from a person of the opposite gender.
  • You can pick up a “Target Field Access Guide” at any guest services stations.

What else do we need?

  • Handicapped parking spots in Ramp A near the skyway.
  • Better signage for the elevators. (Chris Iles said the Twins are aware of this and will be making some changes).
  • A World Series victory in the new Target Field!
  • Opening Day!

An insider’s note: There are 11 flag poles on top of the left field seats with nothing on them. But, on opening day, the players from the Twins post-season teams will raise the flags of the post-season appearances.

Post by Michael Sack & Sam Graves

You can listen or read the MPR story at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/09/accessibilityballpark

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Responses

  1. Just heard you on the radio! Cool.

  2. Sam, is it true the Twins are considering bringing back Boof Bonser as a replacement closer ?

  3. Sam,
    I love your blog! You and Michael are terrific and so informative. I am so proud to know you, Sam. Keep up this wonderful work!

    GO TWINS!

    Love, Dana

  4. Michael,
    Heard you were on the radio. Keyed it up and it was great. Have to get your autograph now that your famous. Sent the link to Des at school. Keep up the great work. Now I’ll have to get to “The Park”.

    Too early for world series talk?

  5. The Star Tribune cover today was an article about Target Field’s accessibility as I bet you two already know. I was disappointed that you two didn’t get mentioned or quoted in the story! It would have been a great addition to the story. Oh well- Keep up the good work!


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