Accessible Stadia

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.

Accessible Stadia

Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance

Check the regulations

All Seated Football Stadia

Background information on all seated football stadiums.

Tools and resources

Football League Ground Capacity and Seating Requirements (National League)

Details of the ground capacity and seating requirements for conference clubs.

Concession Facilities at Sports Grounds

Guidance on concessions and other allied services at sports grounds, such as food stalls, broadcast equipment and retail shops and kiosks.

Alternative uses of Sports Grounds

Alternative Uses is a guidance document for stadium owners, operators, local authorities, promoters and event organisers to help adapt existing sports grounds to safely accommodate a range of events.

On the Sidelines

A summary of the first ever comprehensive survey of disabled supporters, conducted jointly by the FSADC and the Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research.


Operations Manual

Details of what should be included in the operations manual of a sports ground.

About the SGSA licence

Capacity Calculations (National League)

P and S Factors

Guidance on the P and S factors specifically.

Planning for increased threat levels

Guidance for sports grounds in planning for an increase to threat levels