Everton

Everton

Assessment of Accessible Facilities

Stadium

Goodison Park

Address

Goodison Park
Goodison Road
Liverpool
L4 4EL

Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters

Name

Brendan Connolly

Telephone no.

0871 663 1878 or 0151 530 5396

Website address

Disabled Supporters Association

Contact Name

EDSA- Bruce Rogers

Telephone no.

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

 

48 spaces for Home disabled supporters in varied nearby locations. Annual permits for other disabled supporters available from Everton Disabled Supporters Association (EDSA). Access generally level. Trained EDSA stewards available.

 

National Rail have published links to the nearest stations to sporting venues including Everton 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 Everton Website

Spectator Viewing areas

 

Home supporters have 86 spaces for wheelchair users available to them. 13 spaces for wheelchair users can be found in the away section for away supporters. Home supporters' spaces are in the Park End Stand (49), The Paddock (29) and Lower Gwladys Street Stand (7). Away supporters are in the Lower Visitors area in the Bullens Road Stand. All are pitchside with little cover. Personal Assistants sit either adjacent or behind. Places for ambulant disabled supporters are subject to availability in Park End Stand (home supporters only).

 

NB: Under existing minimum standards for accessible stadia, the club should have 210 wheelchair spaces (179 home and up to 32 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 47% of the guidance and has a shortfall of 111 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

 

6 accessible toilets with 4 for home supporters and 2 for both away and home supporters are situated close to seating areas. Alarm cords and stewards are available. Dedicated catering facilities for disabled supporters close by in the Park End.

Accessible services & information

 

Audio commentary is available on 8 elevated and covered positions for home supporters only these are situated in Main Stand. 50 receivers are available for use anywhere in the stadium including the Visitors Area, to listen to inhouse Everton FC commentry. Hospital Radio commentary is provided by Hospital Radio - see http://hrfn.co.uk/ for more details.

 

Updated October 2013.

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Match: Mesage for Kev re Everton v Manchester United

Published: 15/3/2013

 

Kev- Linda from the Everton box office is trying to get back in touch with you regarding your comment left about this game and inviting you back to Goodison Park. Please get in touch with LPF at info@leveloplayingfield.org.uk or on 01244 893584 for more information and Linda's contact details. Many Thanks, LPF Admin

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Kev

Match: Everton V's Manchester United

Published: 29/11/2012

 

Having been a disillusioned Everton supporter and former employee for four and a half decades now I have lost interest in the lovely game that has lost its way and become dominated by money.

 

I am now disabled and finally had the chance to watch Everton at the beginning of the season against Manchester United, I paid the overpriced cost for a ticket but should not grumble as it did get me and my carer in for the price of one, or should I?

 

I was in the corner of the Park stand and Bullens road and I do mean right in the corner.   I spent the entire game sat behind a massive Sky camera on a swivel  whilst also having my view blocked by the handy cam guy on the touchline, stewards and police.   In all I saw most of the match on the big screens which is not what I paid my money for.

 

If I asked staff and the police once to move out of my way I eventually lost count.

 

When I contacted Everton I was informed that my seat was not an obstructed view as I was not prevented from seeing one or both the goal posts.

 

It seems to me that once they get your money little else matters.

 

I have not been to watch a match since and have no intention of doing so again.

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Gary Deards

Match: v. Reading - 2008

Published: 22/10/2008

 

Away wheelchair supporter positions. Below pitch level.

Not enough legroom for carers to sit comfortably behind.

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Chas Banks

Match: v. Man Utd 2004

Published: 22/10/2004

 

It's easy from Manchester, one hour at the most.

Parking
It's an old ground and set in backstreets, so very little parking available. Get there early and park on a nearby street using the blue badges is the best advice I can give you.

Entrance
It's tough to find without help, but the stewards were all excellent.

The Viewing Position
You are by the side of the pitch,in front of your own fans, but with a fence to protect you. You are so close you can almost reach out and touch the players, so the view is OK but it's difficult to see the far touchline.

If it rains you get wet, but as you are positioned at the side of the pitch, not behind the goals, your view can be blocked. Even the security guys have their own seats. Unless... the game is on TV and they have a steadycam operator running up and down in front of you completely blocking the view - see picture!

Price,Toilets & Catering
There are two disabled toilets at the end of the stand that have seen better days, but work ok.

Catering was impossible to access for me, but my helper found it ok.

It is a 2 for 1 reduced cost ticket. The stewards were excellent, very friendly and the view of the game was good. Especially if you like to hear the game as well as watch it! Overall, a good day out.

Marks
8/10

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