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As a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, I was thrilled when I got the opportunity in 2003 to help plan the accessibility features of the new Busch Stadium. The team was seeking input from representatives of disability-related organizations to ensure that its state-of-the-art facility would be accessible for all fans.

As members of the Cardinals Access Advisory Committee, we met monthly in Busch Stadium II amid blueprints and architectural plans. For months we discussed a long list of accessibility features for ticket windows, restrooms, the scoreboard, parking and many other accommodations. Our committee reported to the team on what it could do to meet and exceed compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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We emphasized disability awareness and etiquette. It was undeniably exciting and fun to be there. And surprise, surprise — the Cardinals opened the inaugural season in the new stadium on April 10, 2006, with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers, and went on to win the 2006 World Series.

As we look toward the Cardinals’ 2016 home opener on April 11, fans with disabilities will be part of the crowd headed to the ballpark. Recommendations from our committee that were implemented by the Cardinals include:

  • accessible seating at all levels and all prices;
  • accessible family restrooms;
  • open captioning for game announcements;
  • signs with high contrast;
  • hand rails and handholds at aisles and stairways; and
  • extra van accessible parking.

Visit the Cardinals’ website for more information on the stadium’s accessibility.

Let’s get ready, Cardinals Nation, for the 10th anniversary of our accessible Busch Stadium! Go Cards!

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