Posted by: gravessack | November 23, 2014

Accessibility Vital For New Vikings Stadium

Whenever any new building is being built, it is obviously crucial that accessibility is considered so that no one is excluded. The new Minnesota Vikings football stadium, which is projected to be built by the start of the 2016 NFL season, is no exception. Since this stadium will not be used exclusively for Vikings games (It will host the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 NCAA men’s Final Four, among other things), accessibility is especially important as fans around the world come to the stadium.

* The stadium will have 690 wheelchair and companion seats, a vast improvement over the 190 accessible seats in the Metrodome. There will be even more accessible seating in the suites at the new stadium. The stadium will have 16 elevators and all ticket booths and concession stands are high enough so that people using wheelchairs can easily have access to them. The facility will have services for people with visual impairments and hearing disabilities as well, including assistive listening devices available throughout the stadium.

These are just a few of the many accessibility features the stadium will have. This is a good sign considering so many fans will come not only to Vikings games, but also special events at the facility. It has to be better than the Metrodome, which was an accessibility nightmare! Below are photos taken recently of the construction of the new facility in downtown Minneapolis.

Written by: Sam Graves

* Thanks to Two Men On’s Michael Sack for getting information about accessibility features in the new stadium from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) (also see January 10 post).

A panorama of the new Vikings stadium, which exceeds minimum accessibility requirements set by the ADA. Taken by Sam Graves on Nov. 12, 2014.

A panorama of the new Vikings stadium, which exceeds minimum accessibility requirements set by the ADA. Photo by Sam Graves, Nov. 12, 2014.

Accessible short-term parking will be offered. Photo taken by Sam Graves on Nov. 12, 2014.

Accessible short-term parking will be offered. Photo by Sam Graves, Nov. 12, 2014.

TV monitors

There will be TV monitors throughout the stadium with closed captioning. Photo by Sam Graves, Nov. 12, 2014.

All stadium public entrances will be accessible. Photo taken by Sam Graves on Nov. 12, 2014.

All stadium public entrances will be accessible. Photo by Sam Graves, Nov. 12, 2014.

There will be protection to ensure that others will not gather around wheelchair spaces (unlike in the Metrodome!). Photo by Sam Graves, Nov. 12, 2014.

There will be protection to ensure that others will not gather around wheelchair spaces (unlike in the Metrodome!). Photo by Sam Graves, Nov. 12, 2014.

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Responses

  1. Now if we could do something about Target Center and its two tiny elevators.

  2. That’s a really important issue that I think most people don’t think about! This was really eye-opening for me. How is the level of accessibility at Target Field or TCF Bank Stadium?

    • David,

      I have not been to TCF Bank Stadium but the accessibility at Target Field is great! The view from the wheelchair seats I have been in is very good and fans can’t walk in front of you like in the Metrodome.

      Sam

  3. Nice photos! Adding those really brought this piece to another level, good job.


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