Today, we learned that Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena will partner with KultureCity, a leading non-profit that works to help people with sensory conditions be able to experience live sports and entertainment events. According to the official press release, “In the past year alone, KultureCity has created several sensory inclusive venues and events including the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, 16 NBA arenas, 5 NFL stadiums, 5 NHL arenas and countless zoos, science centers and aquariums across the nation.”
The full press release will be included at the end of this article, but here is a short excerpt that explains the initiative:
The certification process entails the event staff at both facilities are trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize guests and fans with sensory needs and how to best handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will be available to all guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Fans will also have access to sensory areas for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
“To know that you soon will be able to see families attend a baseball, basketball, hockey game or concert with their loved ones who have a sensory challenge and who were not able to previously attend, is truly a heartwarming moment,” said Traci Johnson, Executive Director, KultureCity. “Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.”
I’ve been someone who has been pushing for the team to do more year-round to support the ideas of the Hockey is For Everyone program. This is a great step in the right direction.
My brother-in-law has autism, and I know how much a little support helps to allow him to be able to enjoy some of the same experiences that many of us take for granted.
Also, as a veteran of two wars, while I’m fortunate that I myself do not suffer from PTSD, it’s a cause that is very important to me, since I know how hard it can be for those who do.
That’s not to mention that this would help people suffering from post-concussion symptoms and other conditions.
I’m glad they are doing this, and I hope they continue to explore other ways to help everyone have a great experience at sports and entertainment events.