Well, the story has finally broke. The mystery has finally been solved as to why non-disabled fans are sitting in wheelchair seating areas at Target Field.
I read a story this morning (June 9) in the Star Tribune written by Jon Tevlin about how non-disabled fans are getting tickets in wheelchair sections. People post ads on Craigslist and StubHub to sell handicap seats with descriptions that would entice any fan to buy these tickets. But, the people who are doing this leave out one thing: the seats are in wheelchair sections. In the article Kevin Smith, the Twins executive director said, “We fully expect people who buy these seats to use them as intended. Otherwise, not good. It’s like a 16-year-old taking Grandpa’s handicapped parking sticker.”
The Twins need to figure out some way to make sure that disabled fans are buying handicap seats and not fans who can use regular seats. Able fans should not be buying handicap seats and if they do it should only be because they are accompanying a disabled fan. Every time a fan without a disability buys handicap tickets, one less disabled fan can go to a game and that is not good.
Every time I go to a Twins game, I have wondered how seemingly non-disabled fans got their tickets in these sections and now I know. Thank you, Jon Tevlin, for shedding light. To read his article, “Sweet seats, except they’re for fans with disabilities” click this link: http://www.startribune.com/local/95915354.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU
Written by: Michael L. Sack