Victory Field in Indianapolis has received sensory certification by adding facilities and creating a positive experience for visitors to the ballpark who have issues, including autism, dementia or post traumatic stress disorder. The Indianapolis Indians say they have partnered with nonprofit KultureCity to create the inclusive environment.
The ballpark installed a sensory wall and purchased sensory bags that can be used by Victory Field visitors who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. The sensory bags are equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards.
The certification process also includes training of medical staff on how to recognize those guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload.
“To see families now attend a baseball game or event at Victory Field, a true community bonding experience, with their loved ones who have a sensory challenge and who were not able to previously attend, is truly a heartwarming moment,” said Dr. Julian Maha, Co-Founder, KultureCity. “Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the Indianapolis Indians are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.”
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue like Victory Field.
Banker’s Life Field House and Lucas Oil Stadium also previously received sensory certification. Click here to learn more.