I am a big fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves (even though they are not a great team). I attend many Timberwolves games each season. Although I like going to Wolves games there are some drawbacks.
The biggest drawback of going to Timberwolves game at Target Center is the accessibility. The accessibility in Target Center is decent. However, there are many accessibility flaws. The main issue in my opinion, since I have a visual impairment, is if I want to sit in the accessible seating I have a hard time seeing what is going on in the game because the seats are up so high and I have to look down. Also, when I look down the big scoreboard is distracting. Another issue is makes it hard to go is that it is so dark in the hallways and on the second level of the arena.
Another big issue of the accessibility of Target Center is that it only has two public elevators. I find this irritating because it takes a long time to get downstairs after a game. It also takes forever to get down because the elevators are small.
This year Target Center got the green light for renovations. There are a few things that need to be improved in the renovation. The first thing is that they need to add more elevators so more fans who need them can get up and down faster. Target Center should have accessible seating somewhat closer to the court so fans who sit there do not have to strain their necks. Target Center also needs improved lighting throughout the arena. I believe the renovations will make Target Center more accessible and improve the fan experience
P.S. This post is part of a social media campaign launched by my friend Sam Graves and me to increase awareness of accessibility issues at local sports arenas. We hope to get at least 50 votes on the poll below! Also, feel free to share your experience regarding accessibility at Target Center!
Written by Peter Froehlich (Guest Blogger)