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Sensory rooms becoming more commonplace in sports venues

Since the first sensory nook at a sports venue was created at Quicken Loans Arena n partnership with KultureCity, these kinds of spaces, whether full rooms or Citi Field's booth-like area, are “becoming more commonplace wherever there are spectators," according to Anthony Olivieri of ESPN.com. Citi Field’s rooms is the “sixth such space” in baseball. As of ‘21, eight NHL teams had “dedicated sensory rooms.” Nine others have areas that include an “outdoor patio space, nursing room, medical room or conference room,” and 29 clubs make sensory items like "shaded glasses and noise-canceling headphones available.” Thirteen NBA teams have “created some sort of quiet area.” As of last season, at least 20 NFL organizations had “full rooms,” and several of them “had multiple” -- including the Ravens, which will have five when the ‘22 season kicks off. There are 11 MLB clubs that are “sensory certified” by KultureCity but do not “have a space yet.” KultureCity “worked with families” during the past three All-Star Games, the past three postseasons and the ‘19 London Series. There is also a monetary investment; the cost “varies based on location but ranges from $5,000 to $20,000.” Even the teams that do not have designated areas have “taken steps to make sure that games are more inclusive for people with sensory needs.” Game-day staffs have been trained to “be aware of the needs of guests” and have “sensory bags and other items available” (ESPN.com, 5/20).

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