Assessment of Accessible Facilities
Vicarage Road Stadium
Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters
Jo Simonds or Glyn Evans
Disabled Supporters Association
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 23 accessible parking spaces for home and away supporters available on a seasonal basis or first come first served basis. Away supporters must reserve with Jo Simonds. Drop of facilities are available.
National Rail have published links to the nearest stations to sporting venues including Watford 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
Spectator Viewing areas
Home supporters have 46 spaces for wheelchair users available to them, and these can be found at pitchside and on raised platforms around the ground, including a new area with 20 additional spaces for the 2013/14 season. 8 spaces for wheelchair users can be found on a raised platform in the away section for away supporters. Supporters with ambulant disabilities can sit to suit specific requirements.
NB: Under existing minimum standards for accessible stadia, the club should have 145 wheelchair spaces (123 home and up to 22 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 37% of the guidance and has a shortfall of 91 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.
Both home and away fans can use the 8 accessible toilets inside the stadium, located near the accessible seating areas. The club shop is accessible for all fans and does have a low level serving counter. Catering kiosks in the home sections only do have low level serving counters and so are fully accessible.
Accessible services & information
The club does have a hearing loop bin the ticket office. Soccer Sight match commentaries by the local hospital radio are available request via the DLO at the club, headsets will be delivered and collected by stewards. Facilities for assistance dogs are available via request to the DLO at the club. The concourses do not have rest areas included.
Updated October 2013.
Club Additional Information
Watford FC also provides Wheelchair facilities on the official coach travel to away games
DSA Additional Information
Membership of WFC Enables is free.
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