Showing posts with label Sports Venues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports Venues. Show all posts

Saturday, November 5, 2016

American Airlines Center: Portland Trail Blazers @ Dallas Mavericks

Date of Visit: November 4, 2016

Mik and Mom talk about going to a basketball game at a new arena every season to make progress towards having seen a game at every one, but in the past 5 years they still have only been to the Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards (this one at least was before it was our local team). As part of our current plan as we go road trip, we decided to finally try to see a game.

We originally tried to see the Memphis Grizzlies, but we couldn't get accessible seats. This has frequently been an issue and actually the biggest reason why their plans to get to more arenas haven't happened. We know in the case of the Suns it was often about getting to the right department that sold them and the Wizards we just have always bought the tickets at the box office. Thus, we considered just going to the Memphis box office to ensure they really didn't have any accessible tickets available. Then I realized we were near Dallas and was able to actually buy tickets on Ticketmaster.

Since Mom isn't exactly allowed to take the truck into parking garages (and Mom had Hyatt points for a free night), we walked to the American Airlines Center from the nearby Hyatt House. This ended up working out okay, but there is a lot of construction going on making it difficult to find an accessible route. There is a point we had to cross and the other side doesn't have a ramp, but at least this road is set up for entering the parking garage around game time making the traffic not an issue. The people directing parking were also willing to stop the traffic to let us just walk in the street until we got to the ramp at the next block.

We sat in Section 101. I had purchased two tickets for the wheelchair row and one in the row in front, but since they have a chair for each spot and plenty of room behind the row of chairs the usher said I could just sit behind Mik if I wanted. Mik liked that it was the level we entered and we didn't have to find an elevator. He also like the view of the game from this level.

Overall Mik enjoyed watching the game at American Airlines Center. However, it was a little loud for his liking. Also, it failed the cup holder test. The rows in front have them. Even the folding chairs in the wheelchair row have them, but when you move it out of the way for a wheelchair to roll into the spot the cup holder goes away.

Destination Info:
American Airlines Center 
2500 Victory Ave
Dallas, Texas

Friday, May 6, 2011

Verizon Center: New Jersey Nets @ Washington Wizards

Nets @ WizardsDate of Visit: March 20, 2011

The Wizards game at the Verizon Center was my first NBA game.  I still do not much care for NBA, as it college basketball is way better with actual defense and offense.  Mik liked the game, but it was not that great with the teams being pretty sloppy.

Nets @ Wizards

Mik did not mind the handicap seats, but they were not as amazing as the ones he had sat in just a week before at the Suns game.  They definitely are not bad, but they fail the cup holder requirement that Mik has held as a number one priority for handicap sections since we were doing All the Ballparks in 2009.  I cannot remember if the regular seats in section in front of or behind us had cup holders, though.

Photos by Kjersti
Text by Kjersti with Mik's wheelchair accessibility input

Destination Info:
Washington Wizards
Verizon Center
601 F St
Washington, DC 20004

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Verizon Center: Nets @ Wizards

Mik's goal since the ballpark road trip is to slowly get to all the NBA Stadiums. Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards, is his 2nd NBA stadium, as the only other stadium he has been to before today is the one in Phoenix. He's a Lakers fan, but today he is rooting for the Wizards.

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