People who use wheelchairs or have mobility limitations know about the difficulties of traveling. Busy city streets and events with large crowds can become quite a hassle. So it should be no surprise that attending a football game requires patience and a bit of planning before donning your jersey and heading out to the stadium.
If you’re a football fan and have your eye on a game this season, here are some tips to make sure you have the most fun without the headaches.
1. Make sure you have a handicap decal. Parking is a nuisance for everyone at football games. To make the parking experience as hassle-free as possible, make absolutely certain you have the required handicap decal and that it is displayed within clear sight.
2. Call ahead to get locations for handicapped parking, transportation and stadium access. It will help you tremendously if you know where everything is located before you get there. This is especially true when it comes to the matter of parking and transportation. Rather than ride around aimlessly looking for these designated services, you’ll save a ton of time if you already know where they are located.
3. Get there early. Once you’ve parked, the trek has only just begun. Make sure you arrive a bit early to make sure you can get to your seat without having to weave through the thick crowds.
4. Research the stadium. Much like parking, it’s going to help if you already know the layout of the stadium. For instance, where are the accessible restrooms? Where’s the closest snack vendor? Where are the elevators and ramps located? You can go online to find out most anything you need to know about the stadium. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, call ahead and speak to someone on staff.
As you can see, it really just requires a little bit of research to make sure you enjoy a football game while in a wheelchair. With current ADA requirements, many stadiums are very accommodating to those with accessibility needs, making it easier than ever to cheer on your favorite team.