There is wheelchair accessible seating in this new area (where our tickets were located – right at first base), also in the group areas along the third base line, and just a couple of locations behind home plate. The seats behind home plate are also behind an aisle so people will be walking in front of you the entire game, not a desirable location and the accessible tickets the team will sell last.
According to the team, the best wheelchair accessible seats were where we were, about 15 feet behind first base. It’s positively Rube Goldbergian in how this accessible area was designed. To get to the level where the seats are, you need to take a lift…one of those really slow, metal, one person lifts that you see as an afterthought at many businesses. Tim could barely fit in it with his chair and then it wouldn’t work. Maintenance had to be called to repair it before we could go up.
We did notice a nice ramp going up into the older grandstand area and a level bridge across from there to our seats but access was blocked there by a snack bar set up with a permanent fence between our seats and the ramp. Mind you, this was all built just two years ago…someone really needs to school that architect in Universal Design.
Other unique features here include a barn where one of the walls is incorporated into the outfield wall. The side of the barn is a double, the roof a home run. We didn’t see any players who could hit the broadside of the barn during our visit, however.
The team pennants are painted on the concrete on the right field side of the original grandstand and the Major League teams that the team has been affiliated with are on the left field side.