It’s the time of year where baseball fans start getting excited. Tsuyoshi Nishioka visited Minneapolis earlier this month, workers at Target Field are now installing upgrades, and Spring Training starts in five days. The Twins have had a decent off-season, but they face a familiar problem that caused some controversy last season: ticket sales for handicap sections. Today, I want to remind you of this controversy and I want you to give your ideas on how to improve it for the 2011 season.
Last June, Jon Tevlin of the Star Tribune wrote a column about how people without disabilities were ending up with handicap tickets. People would put ads up on Stub Hub and Craigslist trying to sell handicap tickets without disclosing that the seats were in the wheelchair section. This is probably the reason I saw so many non-disabled fans in my section last year.
In an e-mail interview on February 8, I asked Twins President Dave St. Peter what the Twins are going to do about handicap ticket sales this season. He responded, “The Twins continue to review various policies surrounding access to ADA seating at Target Field. While we attempt to ensure seats of this nature are used appropriately, it continues to be a challenge in sold out facilities across sports.” St. Peter encouraged me to follow up closer to opening day for more details. I’ll do that, and share what I learn.
This is certainly going to be a hot topic in the disabled community during the 2011 season. We would like to hear your suggestions on what the Twins should do with handicap tickets sales for 2011. Please post a comment!
Written by: Michael L. Sack