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Stadium Information




Oakwell Stadium
S71 1ET

Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters


Beth Sefton

Telephone no.

01226 211 183

Disabled Supporters Association




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 supporters available, home supporters via seasonal parking permit and away in the away car park as directed by stewards. Drop off 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.



Away Travel


The club offers accessible away travel, with PA's charged for tickets.

Getting a Ticket


For information on purchasing a ticket please visit the Barnsley Website

Spectator Viewing areas


Home supporters have 59 wheelchair user spaces available to them, and these can be found at pitchside and on a raised platform. There are 18 elevated wheelchair user spaces for away supporters in the away section. There are designated easy access seats for ambulant disabled supporters 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. 

Accessible amenities


Both home and away fans can use the 4 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.


Barnsley Club Website - Disabled Supporters Information


Updated December 2017.

DSA Additional Information


Updated 24th May 2018

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Joanne mckibbens

Match: Barnsley v Aston Villa

Published: 17/9/2017


 Nice stadium and staff helpful thats where it stops ! There is one Disabled toilet in the away end plus considering aston villa always bring a good following there was enough stewards , unfortunatley some of our empty headed fans surged down to the bottom at one stage we had a couple run on the pitch but they were not enough stewards to get them  back to their sets which resulted in our ambulant supports not being able to see because these supporters were not made to go back to their seat because their were not enough stewards which resulted in our ambulant care ticket holders getting injured by mindless supporters

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Sheila Quinn

Match: Barnsley v York

Published: 16/11/2015


We bought our tickets from York prior to the match and I phoned Barnsley for a car park space. This was on a first come first served basis.


On arriving at the ground we entered an almost empty car park at the ground. The steward said we needed to be in the away car park but it was dark & rough for wheelchairs so he kindly let us stay in the home car park which was tarmacced. Cost £4, we parked in the away car park last year which was on a grass verge underneath trees  so this was much better.


The club shop was wheelchair friendly & spacious.


We knew where to enter the ground and a steward checked our tickets & opened the gate for us.


Inside the concourse I asked the steward if there were any disabled toilets and he had to go away to find out.

The teabar was wheelchair friendly and we had a pukka  pie each £3.50. Very nice.


We went into the elevated wheelchair section, and the carers  sat in the row of seats behind, but so did everyone else.

My son was the only person in a wheelchair at the away end.


A good view except for people walking infront of him and at one point a group of lads stood blocking our view,  This was ignored by the 2 lady stewards at the side of us as they were too busy talking to each other, but a man behind us shouted at them to move.


Slow getting out of the car park after the match even for a small crowd on an evening match.

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Amy Wilson

Match: Barnsley v Everton

Published: 1/9/2015


Coach park is practically right outside the entrance to the away end, so gaining access to the stadium was no problem at all.

The viewing area is an elevated area in the away end. I found the view from where I was suppose to sit with the wheelchair back against the wall a bit obstructed as other fans cut across to gain access to the concourse. So I moved forward and sat against the barrier, the view was unobstructed from here and there was plenty of space behind for other fans to use as thoroughfare. The carers sit behind where the wheelchairs are meant to be, which I don't like as it hard to communicate with them, but as my carer on the night had a ticket with our other friends this wasn't a big problem as I was fine sitting by myself.

Access to the disabled toilet was difficult as the concourse before kick off and at half time was very full so getting through the crowds to either of the toilets was hard as it was just so crowded. But other than that there was no other problems with my trip to Oakwell. The stewards were extremely helpful and friendly and the allocation of tickets received by Everton was excellent, much better than a lot of Premier League clubs.

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Sheffield United Disabled Supporters Club (SUDS)

Match: Barnsley v SUFC April 4th 2015

Published: 4/4/2015


We have just returned from Oakwell and although our team won by 2 goals we were lucky to have seen them as the wheelchair area was a throughfare all the match with the stewards doing not much about it. One of our wheelchair users put her wheelchair at one end to stop people passing through and we got lots of abuse from fans saying who did we think we were and using foul and abusive language.  All it needed was a steward at each end of the wheelchair area or better still a little gate as at other clubs to deter people from passing through constantly.  It was like the M1 on a busy day. !!  The club cannot say there wasn't enough stewards as there seemed to be more stewards than fans.  At the front of the stand about 10 mins from the end of the match there was a solid line of police and stewards so those fans down there saw nothing.  The Policing outside the stadium did a grand job though.

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Sheila Quinn

Match: Barnsley v York City 02/09/2014

Published: 4/9/2014


We bought our tickets from York before hand,  I telephoned for a parking space prior to match but was told it was on a first come first served basis.


We went for a meal at The Chestnut Tree, a hungry horse pub  and wheelchair user friendly.


Arriving at the ground early, we tried to enter the car park but were redirected down several streets to another car park. We were charged £4 and shown where to park - on a grass verge under some trees, so we had to remove the electric wheelchair from the car using the electronic hoist before reversing under the trees.  


Entering the ground we found the club shop  which was spacious and without steps to enter.  The supporters bar was almost next door to it and was also accessible.  I asked a steward where to enter the ground & he pointed out a large door next to the away turrnstiles.When we arrived at this door, another steward knocked on it and it was opened for us to enter & he checked our tickets.  At no point were we told where to go, but we found the teabar & bar, both very expensive, so we didnt bother.  The accessible toilets were close by too.  I ventured towards an opening to the seats but there were steps down so I asked the steward where wheelchairs entered & he just told me to go further along and there was an entry without steps.


Entering the seating area, there was a large raised platform for wheelchairs and the carers sat on the first row of seats behind.  All with our own supporters.  Excellent view apart from people continuously walking in front of us, and very spacious as there were only 2 wheelchairs there. Getting away from the ground was quick, although we had to move the car first to put the wheelchair back in, causing a bit of an obstruction,


A good evenings match but the stewards could have been a bit more helpful.

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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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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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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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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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