When I went to the Twins game on August 1, I noticed something new when I got to my seats in Section 217. There were blue lines painted around the wheelchair sections at Target Field. I asked Chris Iles, Corporate Communications Manager for the Twins, what was going on. Here is his explanation.
Since the Twins added Standing Room Only tickets, they decided to paint blue lines to help the standing room guests know where–and where not–to stand. Apparently, some guests with Standing Room Only tickets were crowding a little to close to the wheelchairs. Also, the blue lines help the ushers tell people where to stand. The Twins have painted the blue lines around all of the wheelchair sections. They were added just before the recent Seattle series.
Matt Hoy, Vice President of the Twins, told me in an email, “The lines were added (over the last couple weeks) to create a boundary around wheelchair seating areas that do not have a physical barrier or railing.”
I love this improvement because I have felt crowded on a few occasions, like at the April 17 game. One guy was clapping and yelling right behind me. I was startling and jumping all over the place. He even startled the person who was with me. I really hope this helps fans give those in wheelchairs their space. This could be one of the accessibility improvements for 2011 that Twins President Dave St. Peter was talking about in an earlier post.
Thumbs up to the Twins for adding the blue lines! I hope it helps.
Written by: Michael L. Sack