Play ball … new Saints stadium accessible to all

By Staff Blogger LaDonna Seely
Three cheers for the new home of the St. Paul Saints! The new Lowertown Ballpark for the baseball team is being designed to exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. According to the Pioneer Press, St. Paul Saints ballpark’s disabled accessibility plans lauded,” the facility will be among the most accessible professional sports stadiums in the country.

Plans include 70 wheelchair spots; 180 seats for people with limited mobility; ADA-accessible entrances and vehicle drop-offs; clear, color-contrast signage marked with Braille; four elevators; and 10 single-occupant accessible restrooms.

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One of our public policy goals here at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is to increase access to services and independence for individuals with disabilities. It’s vital that every member of our society can enjoy full participation in all aspects of our society. I’d say this new stadium fits the bill!

Here’s a tip of the cap to the Minnesota State Council on Disability and St. Paul’s Accessibility Advisory Committee who worked with the architects on the design. Go Saints!