Today, I am going to give you a scenario and what could happen.
Scenario: A fan in a wheelchair calls a friend to see if he wants to go to the Twins game on August 2nd; that friend says “sure.” It will be their first time at Target Field. Most important: call before you go to make sure you can get wheelchair accessible seats. These seats are not available online; you have to call (supposedly!).
Parking: These fans should park on level 3 of Parking Ramp A at the west end and use the skyway to get into the stadium. Or they could park at a parking meter on the street for free if they have a handicap parking permit. Those spots are about a 15 minute walk from the stadium. Also, there are numerous parking ramps near Target Field, including one on 5th street for $5 (about six blocks from the ballpark).
Buying Tickets: If fans don’t get tickets in advance, there are many ticket booths around Target Field, but I think the ticket booth near Gate 3 is the best bet for purchasing tickets fast because it is less crowded. There are many different wheelchair sections throughout Target Field. Here are my suggestions (from low to high in price): section 217, 218, 212, 211, 219, 128-130, Section S, 106-109, 111, 113, 115, 117. (A little side note…If you ever get a ticket with the row WC on it, your seats are in a wheelchair section.)
How to Enter: Let’s say they got tickets in section 218. I would use Gate 29 from the Plaza where there is an elevator to the left as you enter. All elevators are in air-conditioned rooms. Once they get to the elevator, they want to go to level 5, and yes, seats in the 200’s are on level 5 according to the elevators! Alternatively, if they want to enter the stadium with a great view in front of them, they should use Gate 34. By the way, all entrances are wheelchair accessible.
Eats: I would recommend a hamburger. It comes with fries. It is unbelievably great tasting and is a great deal. The hot dog and chicken fingers are good, too. As for ice cream, go for the helmet sundae — a much better deal than the kiddie cone.
Looking Around: A few things to note: Minnie and Paul in center field, the retired numbers of players on the admin building and the limestone overhang in right field, and there are many bathrooms near their seats. The Twins made sure to put restrooms nearby wheelchair seats.
Did you know?: The fan in the wheelchair can get food easily because the Twins made sure that the concession stands were low enough. Also, supposedly there are power outlets to charge power wheelchairs throughout the ballpark, although I haven’t spotted any yet.
Getting out: I would recommend that fans in wheelchairs wait at their seats for about ten minutes to let the concourses clear out a bit. They won’t be bored because the Twins show the game recap on the main scoreboard right after the game. Take the elevator to the main concourse and you’re on your way out to the ramp or street. See the previous post for information about the pick-up and drop-off zones.
Written by: Michael L. Sack