Attending matches and other sporting activities is part of our culture and tradition and no one should be excluded on grounds of disability. Sports grounds should be inclusive and accessible to all spectators.
Stadia vary greatly in capacity from a few thousand to many that host tens of thousands of spectators. All of these will be different because of their location, scale and site factors.
Many clubs and stadia provide activities and facilities outside of match days and are an important part of local community life. Common to all is the need to provide well designed, managed and operated facilities that meet the expectations and demands of spectators, all of whom wish to experience and enjoy the thrills and excitement that these occasions can deliver.
With the invaluable support and suggestions of Level Playing Field the SGSA has developed the Accessible Stadia Document and Supplementary Guidance as a benchmark of good practice for new and existing sports grounds. It offers practical, clear solutions that will help deliver high-quality grounds with facilities and services that are accessible, inclusive and welcoming for all.
The information contained in this publication is intended to provide useful guidance, but is not a definitive statement applicable to all circumstances. Independent professional advice should be obtained before taking any action or from refraining from taking any action on the basis of this information.
It concentrates upon design and provision for disabled spectators at stadia and their particular needs, the removal of physical barriers, facility improvements at existing stadia and well considered design solutions at new stadia will create and provide more inclusive facilities and accessibility for all people who attend and spectate.