Barnsley

Barnsley

Stadium Information

Stadium

Oakwell

Address

Oakwell Stadium
Barnsley
S71 1ET

Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters

Name

Vicky Campbell

Telephone no.

01226 211 211 or 01226 211 183

Disabled Supporters Association

Contact Name

Mrs Joan Dawson

Telephone no.

01226 297 584

E-mail address

Website address

 

 

Accessibility Information

For UK minimum access standards for new and existing stadia and for good practice guidance please click here.

 

Getting There & Parking

 

There is a club car park with 59 accessible parking spaces for home and away supporter’s available, home supporters via seasonal parking permit and away in the away car park as directed by stewards. Drop of facilities are not available.

 

National Rail have published links to the nearest stations to sporting venues including Barnsley see here for more information.

 

Level Playing Field have not verified the information given and we suggest that you contact the station direct if you have any access requirements.

Getting a Ticket

 

For information on purchasing a ticket please visit the Barnsley Website

Spectator Viewing areas

 

Home supporters have 59 spaces for wheelchair users available to them, and these can be found at pitchside and on a raised platform in the disabled corner stand. 18 spaces for wheelchair users can be found at pitchside in the home section for away supporters.  There are designated easy access seats for supporters with ambulant disabilities which are available in the home and away end but this is not amenity seating.

 

NB: Under existing minimum standards for accessible stadia, the club should have 159 wheelchair spaces (135 home and up to 24 away). 75% of these should be elevated positions and the remaining 25% pitchside.

 

LPF's view is that many disabled supporters should be able to access general seating areas and only those with specific needs eg those who require extra legroom, or access via aisle seats or who need step free access etc should be allocated seats in the dedicated areas.

 

Based on the above, the club therefore only meets 48% of the guidance and has a shortfall of 82 wheelchair spaces. They should be working on a plan to rectify this deficit within a reasonable timeframe under the auspices of a full independent Access Audit.

Accessible amenities

 

Both home and away fans can use accessible toilets inside the stadium. The club shop is accessible for all fans and has a low level serving counter. Catering kiosks in the home and away sections do have low level serving counters and so are fully accessible with the exception of the South Stand.

Accessible services & information

 

The club does not have a hearing loop. Match radio commentaries are available via headsets, collect and return to the main reception. Facilities for assistance dogs are available.  The concourses do not have rest areas included.

 

Updated October 2013.

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Graham

Match: Barnsley v Middlesbrough.

Published: 25/4/2014

 

Been to Oakwell many times . Sat in disabled seating . Good view of pitch unlike some grounds. Sadly this visit

will live with me as I was assaulted at half-time.

 

Have decided to post as this has changed everything about attending football as a disabled fan. I was not assaulted by a Barnsley fan but a so called Middlesbrough supporter. After an abject first half display I and many hundreds of other Boro'fans booed the team off at half-time. This woman shouted 'shut up you f.....g t...s.' I replied "you shut up , can't we have a difference of opinion ?" This man then appeared from nowhere threatening me with what he was going to do to me. Tried to explain that it was the woman who he was with who was the instigator which even the

woman agreed with ! This had no effect on him and I remained seated , then he headbutted me and did off.

3 fellow fans assisted me .

 

To my dismay I did not report the assault as I was on my own and was worried if this thug

would approach me after the game.

 

I wrote a letter to Barnsley F.C's safety officer on the Monday after the game  giving my seat number , time of assault , description to them but apparently their cctv is not of great quality .

 

I was contacted by my own club re the matter and after discussion of various options was happy at that stage 

for the club to deal with it. I identified the individual from a newspaper photo but it took 5 months for the person

to be seen and as I expected he had a 'different version' of events . Well he would would'nt he as he is not going

to admit to headbutting a disabled person ! Why did'nt I report it on the day ? Fear that he would be outside the ground and I was on my own.

 

The whole episode has left me dissolusioned with football since going to matches since 1966. The club invited me to meet with the individual 'over a cup of tea and shake hands with him , draw a line under the matter .' I refused the offer as it would mean little and did not want to sit in the same room as this 'fan.' 

 

I gather he has been warned as to his future behaviour. But I ask what type of person heabutts anyone , never mind 

if he/she is disabled.

 

So it  has  taken from October 2013 to April 2014 to get to this point. I see this individual at every away game and

some home games . Hindsight is a great thing but wish I had reported the matter on the day . Football is not the same anymore.

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Darren

Match: Wolves 20/07/2013

Published: 22/7/2013

 

Attended the pre season friendly at Oakwell. Ground very easy to find from the motorway. The away carpark was closed for the friendly but we were assisted by the stewards who gave us access to a carpark just off the away carpark, this was mainly grass but had a tarmac path so no great problems with my wheelchair. Access to the ground (north stand) is very easy and level. On entering the stand the wheelchair viewing area is well signposted and easy to get to. The view from the platforms is very good and carers etc sit in reserved seating just behind. Stewards were very helpfull and would without a doubt go again.

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Lin

Match: Wolves

Published: 21/4/2013

 

Attended match with a group of ambulant disabled supporters with learning disability and one with limited mobility and their helpers. Unallocated seating alloud us to all sit on the front row with good views of the pitch. However the stewards all congrigated in front of us obscuring the view. When this was pointed out to the stewards they did move following a heated debate!

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Gary Deards

Match: Barnsley v Reading 19/03/11

Published: 19/3/2011

 

Great view from elevated platform but still a slight sightline issue if row in front stand up. Shame that PA seats are up a step/behind a barrier rather than adjacent to wheelchair position

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Phillip

Match: Nottingham Forest 28/10/2009

Published: 28/10/2009

 

Not a bad ground for wheelchair access for away supporters. Parking is very close to the ground I parked on a grass embankment which is at the bottom of the main car park. Visability at Oakwell is very good, wheelchair users have their own spot halfway up the north stand so you dont feel isolated, another plus was the fact even when the fans below me in the lower tier stood up they still didnt block my view

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