Since the Twins and their fans will be returning to Target Field in two months with new features on hand, I thought it would be a good time to do an accessibility check-up. I wanted to get the scoop on updates to ADA features at Target Field. Last week, I chatted with Kevin Smith, Twins Senior Director, Corporate Communications and Broadcasting, to see what’s up. Here’s what Smith had to say.
- For 2015, the Twins are adding a new bar area, which hasn’t been named, and an extra-large Skyline Suite for business meetings and gatherings. The Twins will combine three suites on the third base side to make the new meeting area. The new bar will replace the store inside Gate 6, and will feature drink rails and a television. Smith assured me that the bar area will be ADA compliant with ramps, handrails, and lowered counter heights, among other features.
- Smith also provided information on the general progress of the six-year-old ballpark’s accessibility. He reminded Two Men On that when Target Field opened, “We not only met but exceeded ADA compliance standards and continue to monitor use of the facility in order to make adjustments, as necessary.”
- When asked if there was any other plans to improve accessibility, Smith said, “I’m sure there will be other things on the horizon – but that will be down the road!”
Since the NFL season has now drawn to a close with the Patriots’ win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, I am excited for Major League Baseball to start Spring Training in less than three weeks. As always, feel free to ask us questions about baseball or accessibility in the “Comments” section.
Written by: Michael L. Sack