There is nothing better than the opening day of baseball season! The great American pastime has generational connections to the stadium, the team and the experience. In fact, as any baseball fan can tell you, the experience is the best part. Going to the stadium, getting great seats, buying a hot dog and wearing team colors are often what bring back the best memories, whether the team won their season or not. Is your baseball seating up to date? Take a few moments to consider how you could bring a better experience to the fans.

Flexibility, reliability and value are key components of baseball seating. After all, you want audiences to enjoy this seating for years to come, not to continue to do costly repairs. With the seating comes ease of cleaning, as every event brings a significant amount of trash. Outdoor grandstands and bleachers must be put in to accommodate the excitement of the audience as well as the harshest weather.

Consider whether your seating is ADA compliant, so that audiences of all kinds can enjoy the event. Whether it comes to sight lines or spacing, creating customized seating is the best way to ensure that you have something to offer for every kind of audience.

Of course, no seating is complete without a designated fan section, and the colors, backrests and seating capabilities will ensure that the fans get into the spirit of the game, whether it is opening day or a tournament. Don’t forget about that locker room. Are the lockers in sufficient condition? Do you have enough seating in the room?

Ultimately, seating in a venue is designed to bring a project to a wide variety of audiences. The kind of world-quality seating that Carroll provides can make any event extraordinary.

A Quick Guide to ADA Compliant Seating

You want your seating area to be accessible to all patrons, but that isn’t quite as easy as it seems, particularly if you’re working with an outdated facility or older seating solutions. As you work to revise your facility to meet the needs of even handicapped patrons, what exactly should you build into your plans? This guide can help you make sense of today’s ADA requirements so everyone can enjoy your facility.

Understanding the Definition

An accessible seat is one that has been specifically designed for wheelchair use and includes features like an accessible approach space, location at grade, cleared floor space, and larger dimensions. One companion seat should be provided for every accessible seat. Keep in mind that while you can add designated aisle seats for use by those who have disabilities but are not wheelchair bound, they cannot be deemed “accessible” seats.

There are specific size guidelines with accessible seating. Wheelchair spaces have to be 36 inches wide and 48 inches deep if they can be entered from the front or back. If you have two spaces side by side, each one must be 33 inches in width. In the event you have a space that can only be entered from the side, it has to be 60 inches deep.

Seating Placement

The goal of all accessible seating is to ensure those patrons who need it get the same experience other audience members do. As such, you need to think about equivalent lines of sight, viewing angles, and the best location of seats for those patrons. If you have luxury boxes or something similar, making a percentage of those ADA compliant is a good idea, and even required in many cases.

Total Seats Available

ADA guidelines state that the number of accessible seats is based on the total number of seats in your venue. Depending on the type of facility you currently have as well as the overall number of seats, that could fall between one and five percent. Often individual removable seats can be placed in these accessible seating areas, though, to make the seats sellable in the event they are not needed by a person with disabilities.

 

Providing the Right Information

Don’t forget to make the information about accessible seats available, too. Using the same text and visual representations you do for your normal seating areas, you’ll want to provide enough information to allow those who wish to purchase accessible seats to determine whether they meet his or her needs. If you include maps or seating configuration displays in your sales literature, you’ll want to note the accessible seating information there as well.

Following ADA seating guidelines not only helps ensure that you won’t be fined for noncompliance, but it also helps to make certain that all of your patrons will be able to enjoy your facility, no matter what their disabilities.

 

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