Assessment of Accessible Facilities
Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light
Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters
0871 911 1255
Disabled Supporters Association
0191 384 7835
For UK minimum access standards for new and existing stadia and for good practice guidance please click here.
Getting There & Parking
Disabled parking for 160 home and 5 or 6 away supporters within stadium grounds and close to stadium entrances. Some spaces are available on a match by match basis. 80 spaces have wide access.
National Rail have published links to the nearest stations to sporting venues including Sunderland 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
Information on ticketing can be found on the Sunderland AFC website.
Tickets for disabled and & blind and partially sighted supporters can be purchased by contacting SAFC Ticket Office on 0871 911 1973 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spectator Viewing areas
Home supporters have 154 spaces for wheelchair users available to them. 6 spaces for wheelchair users can be found in the away section for away supporters. All in elevated positions or at pitchside. The Away area is positioned behind the goal in the South Stand with PA’s elevated behind. Pitchside positions give partial cover. Unlimited places for ambulant disabled supporters in designated corner areas of stadium.
NB: Under existing minimum standards for accessible stadia, the club should have 228 wheelchair spaces (194 home and up to 34 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 70% of the guidance and has a shortfall of 68 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.
23 accessible toilets, some on concourse directly behind platforms. 3 toilets next to lifts by South West corner ramp for use by wheelchair users at pitchside. Radar locks, alarms and warning lights are in operation. Refreshment facilities are available on concourse level, with low-level counters. Tray service is also available. Pitchside positions offer limited access to catering facilities at the mid-tier levels.
Accessible services & information
40 spaces for audio commentary located in in South West corner, all elevated and covered positions with PA seats alongside. 24 headsets provided free of charge allowing fans to listen to local radio commentary.
Updated October 2013.
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