Twins baseball fans who use wheelchairs are enjoying watching games at Target Field thanks to more than 700 accessible seating areas located throughout all levels of the two-year-old stadium. The seating areas are sponsored by UCare, which took on this initiative at the end of last season.
Accessible seating at Target Field is available to all guests with special seating needs, according to the Minnesota Twins. The seating areas accommodate fans using wheelchairs and similar mobility aids, and allow for companion seating, as well.
The Twins and UCare will call attention to these features on Sunday, May 15, as part of “Accessibility Day at Target Field.” The day will help highlight the stadium’s incorporation of universal design elements, such as the lack of physical barriers, and extensive seating for fans with disabilities or similar concerns. Target Field meets or exceeds up-to-date federal and state accessibility requirements governing assembly occupancies. The stadium also offers ample passenger elevators, convenient parking, TTY phones, and Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) for people needing audio support.
At last year’s Accessibility Day at Target Field in September, UCare and Courage Center were recognized throughout the Twins game at Target Field.
UCare (www.ucare.org) is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care coverage plans and administrative services to more than 225,000 members.
UCare was created in 1984 by the Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Today, UCare partners with health care providers, counties, and community organizations to create and deliver innovative health coverage for: Individuals and families enrolled in income-based Minnesota Health Care Programs, such as Minnesota-Care and Prepaid Medical Assistance Program, Adults with disabilities and Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health conditions, Minnesotans dually eligible for Medical Assistance and Medicare, Medicare-eligible individuals throughout Minnesota and in western Wisconsin.
UCare addresses health care disparities and care access issues through its UCare Fund grants and a broad array of community and outreach initiatives. Delivering health care value is UCare’s top priority. UCare works to: Improve access to needed services by all members and the community-at-large, Bring high-quality care to every member, Demonstrate cost-effectiveness, Reinvest in the communities it serves, Enhance the health care infrastructure of the providers who care for UCare members.
The health plan received a Top Workplaces 2010 honor from the Star Tribune.