The UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, and stadiums across Europe strive to provide the best in fan experience. But not all of these venues are equally accessible, and some offer more to those with disabilities than others. Stadiums in the Champions League must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the tournament, and here are a few of the best in terms of accessibility.
1) The Amsterdam Arena, home to Dutch giants AFC Ajax, has won praise for its wide range of options for disabled fans. The stadium is equipped with a range of features, from wheelchair-friendly and accessible seating, to wheelchair lifts, to adapted toilets and lifts for those with a disability. It also offers a range of ticketing routes for disabled fans, including discounts and special tickets for those with a disability.
2) Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is another venue that is extremely accessible to disabled fans. Not only does the stadium include adapted seating, lifts and toilets, but the club has also created a dedicated team to assist disabled fans. This team can provide information on how to book tickets, as well as assistance when attending the match. The club also offers an audio-describer service for the visually impaired.
The findings of a new study about accessible stadiums in the Champions League by Handicare in partnership with Age Co showed that some clubs have made significant efforts to ensure their stadiums were as inclusive as possible. For example, Manchester City has the highest number of wheelchair-accessible seats and also offered accessible parking. In addition, they provided audio descriptive commentaries, which are invaluable for those who are visually impaired.
3) The Wanda Metropolitano, the home of Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, has also made big strides in terms of accessibility for disabled fans. The stadium boasts a number of features and services to make the matchday experience easier for disabled fans, including adapted seating, wheelchair lifts, and adapted toilets. The club has also launched a number of initiatives to help make matches more accessible, such as providing dedicated parking, assistance dogs, and a dedicated team to help disabled fans.
4) Finally, the Allianz Arena in Munich is another example of a Champions League stadium that offers disabled fans an excellent experience. The stadium is equipped with a range of features, including adapted seating and toilets, as well as wheelchair lifts and adapted parking. The club has also implemented a number of initiatives to help disabled fans, such as dedicated ticketing routes and an audio-describer service.
It is widely known that stadiums in the Champions League should strive to be as accessible as possible. This study aimed to investigate which club has invested the most in creating accessible stadiums for this season. Factors such as the number of wheelchair-accessible seats, the availability of accessible parking, and the presence of audio descriptive commentaries were all taken into account.