There’s no better family activity during the spring and summer months than sporting events, from major league baseball games to the NBA playoffs. Sporting events are a fun way to spend time with the whole family, but there are special considerations to take into account when attending a sporting event with a senior citizen. Whether attending a Lowell Spinners minor league ball game or a Red Sox playoff game, these tips will make attending with Mom or Dad an enjoyable experience everyone will remember.
Attending a Sporting Event With Mobility Issues
Navigating a stadium—from finding parking to locating the seats—can be a nightmare, but it can be that much more difficult when attending with someone with limited mobility. Planning ahead can save a lot of stress, and most stadiums post accessibility information online. Stadiums are required to provide close accessible parking spots for those with a handicapped pass, and they may offer shuttle services for those who don’t have a handicapped parking pass but still need assistance. In this case, it’s best to call the stadium to find out what they offer. It’s also a good idea to ask about handicapped seating, which is generally available, even for people who aren’t in wheelchairs. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all new stadiums to provide these seats, and the majority of older stadiums have updated their seating to comply with the ADA.
Game Day Tips
When picking out seats (if not selecting handicapped seats), it’s a good idea to scope out where the bathrooms and other key facilities are located to make it easier for everyone to get to and from them. The ticket office staff or stadium ushers can provide recommendations about restrooms and food vendors based on seat locations, and, for outdoor events, they may be able to recommend sections that are shaded for protection in the summer heat. Some teams and arenas offer discounted tickets for senior citizens and sometimes hold senior nights designed to accommodate the elderly.
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