27 Hearing Loss-Friendly MLB Stadiums

///27 Hearing Loss-Friendly MLB Stadiums

Root for your favorite baseball team at one of these spectacular venues.

 

Coors Field is one of the hearing loss-friendly MLB stadiums around the country.

Photo credit: Coors Field from Where Traveler

For many, taking in a baseball game is a time-honored summer tradition. Who can resist the peanuts, crackerjacks, and good, old-fashioned American fun? With plenty of stadiums offering hearing loss accommodations, you can cheer on your team without missing a beat at 27 hearing loss-friendly MLB stadiums across the country, listed below in no particular order.

Fun fact: If you’ve ever wondered where baseball umpire hand signals come from, you can thank Dummy (William) Hoy. As the first deaf baseball player from 1888-1902, Hoy relied on his third base coach to signal strikes and balls with his hands, a practice that still exists to this day.

1. Coors Field
Home to the Colorado Rockies, the 76-acre field in Denver opened its doors to fans in 1995. You can pick up devices to assist with hearing at the Guest Relations Center.

2. Petco Park
Set in the heart of San Diego, the Padres home stadium offers assistive listening devices, which you can find at the Guest Services Centers on the field level before game time.

3. Yankee Stadium
Travel to the Bronx, and you’ll find the New York Yankees Stadium. The facility offers a range of assistive listening devices at the Guest Relations Booth. You’ll have your pick of ear speakers, stereo headsets, or neckloops.

4. AT&T Park
This park was named the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. If the San Francisco Giants are your team, this MLB stadium has you covered with access to assistive listening devices.

5. Busch Stadium
Opened in 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals’ stadium is another hearing loss-friendly MLB stadium. You can pick up an assistive device at Guest Relations. Public address (PA) announcements are also captioned on the big screens around the stadium, and the TVs are visible from every seating section.

6. Chase Field
The home of the Arizona Diamondbacks is located in downtown Phoenix. Closed captioning on the center field TVs and FM-assisted listening receivers are available for people with hearing loss. An independent team of volunteers and employees, called the Access Committee, offer suggestions to managers of the stadium, so the accessibility features are frequently reassessed and enhanced.

7. Citi Field
The Rotunda Ticket Services Office at the New York Mets stadium offers assistive listening devices for guests. The devices repeat PA system messages, and you can also get captioning on your mobile device or read it on video boards in the stadium.

8. Citizens Bank Park
The home of Philadelphia Phillies numbers among the MLB family of hearing loss-friendly stadiums. This world-class ballpark features a scoreboard with closed captioning and offers further assistance for people with hearing loss at Guest Services.

9. Dodger Stadium
The third-oldest continually-used stadium in the MLB, Dodger Stadium is home to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fans can check out assistive listening devices at any Fan Services station.

10. Great American Ball Park
In 2003, the Cincinnati Reds moved their home, replacing Cinergy Field with Great American Ball Park. More advanced and fully accessible, this hearing loss-friendly stadium has assistive listening devices available at any Guest Accommodation Station.

11. Globe Life Park
The Texas Rangers’ home opened in 1994. Despite its retro design, the ballpark is accessible to guests of all abilities and provides closed captioning on the main center field board.

12. Fenway Park
This ballpark has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912. Since then, the park has seen a lot of modernization. Located at fan information booths, the park’s assistive listening devices can be checked out with a $20 refundable cash deposit.

13. Guaranteed Rate Field
The Chicago White Sox home adopted a new name in 2016 after a private residential mortgage company bought naming rights to the park. Despite the name change, the park still offers plenty of accessibility options, with personal headset radios available for free at its Guest Relations booths.

14. Kauffman Stadium
Dubbed “The K” by loyal fans, this stadium is home to the Kansas City Royals. The park has assistive listening devices available at Plaza Guest Services, and closed captioning is offered on the screen above section 104.

15. Marlins Park
The neomodern facility serving the Miami Marlins offers guests complimentary hearing amplification devices, available at the Guest Services Centers around the park. Closed captioning is also displayed on the ribbon video board on the Legends level.

16. Miller Park
Milwaukee Brewers fans with hearing loss can get assistive listening devices free of charge by visiting the Guest Relations office on the Field Level. They can also access closed captions of public announcements on the ribbon boards or listen to a transmission of WTMJ’s broadcast of the game on 88.5 FM.

17. Minute Maid Park
Mixing classic baseball architecture with modern amenities, this park is the official home of the Houston Astros. Assistive listening devices available at the park transmit public address system comments straight to your ears. Fun fact: the park was the first in the MLB to install a closed captioning board.

18. Nationals Park
Opened in 2008, the home of the Washington Nationals has yet to find a corporate sponsor namesake. But just like other stadiums on this list, the park offers assistive listening devices to game-goers with hearing loss.

19. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Also known simply as Oakland Coliseum, this stadium houses the Oakland Athletics. Assistive listening devices are available from a Guest Services Representative.

20. Oriole Park
As the name might have tipped you off, the Baltimore Orioles call this park home. The facility’s organizers have assistive listening devices available at Fan Assistance Centers on the lower-level concourse behind home plate and the warehouse’s first floor.

21. PNC Park
Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, or “Bucs,” PNC Park is a hearing loss-friendly MLB stadium that has both assistive listening devices and an open captioning scoreboard.

22. Progressive Field
This ballpark is home to the Cleveland Indians and is one of the only MLB facilities to host the MLB All-Star Game and World Series games in the same season. AM/FM Walkman radios are available for guests with hearing loss.

23. Rogers Centre
The first stadium to have a fully retractable motorized roof, Rogers Centre is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays. The multi-purpose stadium has TTY telephones that allow fans to message through typing.

24. Safeco Field
Seattle Mariners fans with hearing loss can access ballpark audio with the park’s assistive listening devices. Closed captioning is also available for ballpark audio.

25. SunTrust Park
Newly opened, the Atlanta Braves have only been playing their home games at SunTrust Park since 2017. If you attend a game here, the stadium offers offer both assistive listening devices and closed captioning to its fans.

26. Target Field
The home of the Minnesota Twins opened in 2010 with many facilities and accommodations to make their games inclusive for all. Assistive listening devices are available at Guest Services Center on the Main Concourse or Terrace Concourse and the facility broadcasts ballpark audio.

27. Wrigley Field
This ballpark opened in 1914, and the Chicago Cubs played their first game here in 1916. Now, fans in the historic stadium can use complimentary assistive listening devices available at the Fan Services Booth. Captioning of the PA system audio is also available on handheld devices.

Next time you’re considering going to support your team in person, make sure you check out one of these hearing loss-friendly MLB stadiums. For more articles on traveling and living with hearing loss, visit our blog.

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2018-07-24T16:17:32+00:00July 30th, 2018|Hearing Loss Blog Posts|