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).