Posted by: gravessack | January 23, 2017

Target Center Renovation Currently An Accessibility Nightmare

I have been to Target Center, home of the Minnesota Timberwolves, three times in the past month. Target Center is currently being renovated and renovation will continue through summer 2017.

Target Center, which was previously pretty inaccessible (especially with just one small elevator that goes to the different seating levels), is even more inaccessible due to the renovation. Currently, there is no good wheelchair drop-off zone. While there is technically a drop-off zone, it is on 6th Street, near 2nd Avenue (click here for more), which is basically on the opposite side of the arena from where the drop-off zone normally is on 1st Avenue. I would think Target Center would be able to figure out how to have a drop-off zone closer to the main entrance! Also, there appears to be little information online on Target Center accessibility.

Since Target Center has always been pretty inaccessible, the renovation must address the issue of accessibility! According to one Target Center employee, three elevators will be added over the next few months. In addition to the arena adding elevators, Target Center should increase the size of the elevators so multiple wheelchairs can fit without it being cramped (Target Field’s elevators are good in this way). The drop-off zone issue will hopefully be fixed once the renovation is complete. I have contacted a Target Center Guest Services representative about accessibility issues the renovation will address but have not received a reply.

Although accessibility will likely continue to be a problem throughout the renovation, Target Center will hopefully be more accessible than ever before once renovation is completed!

Written by Sam Graves

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