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Barnsley

Championship
Oakwell
Capacity: 23,287
Oakwell
Grove St
Barnsley
S71 1ET

Disabled supporters contact

Club or stadium contact
 for disabled fans

Vicky Campbell
Disability Liaison Officer

01226211211

Accessible ticket contact

Vicky Campbell
Disability Liaison Officer

01226211211

Accessibility information

Number of wheelchair user spaces

Actual:
60
Home: 42 Away: 18. Home wheelchair bays situated in the South stand and corner stand.

Number of easy access and amenity seats

Actual:
17

Number of accessible toilets

Actual:
3
Toilets are situated various distances from both home and away fans.

Audio commentary

Audio Commentary is available at Barnsley. Please contact the club for details.

Sensory room

Barnsley do not currently have a Sensory room available.

Accessible services + information

Assistance dogs

Barnsley do provide facilities for assistance dogs (dog relieving areas).

Hearing loops

There is no hearing loop in the ticket office.

Club shop

Barnsley have low level serving counters in the club shop.

Club hospitality

There are currently no spaces in hospitality and VIP areas for wheelchair users.

Braille and large print provision

Club do not currently provide any disabled supporters information i.e. booklet with a map of accessible facilities in accessible formats (large print, easy read).

Accessible lounge

Barnsley do not currently have a specific Accessible lounge on site.

Food concession stands

There are accessible catering facilities i.e. low level serving counters at kiosks, available.

Total number of parking spaces

Home: 50 Away: 20. Parking is 35m away from the turnstiles. Contact Box Office to book.

How we set targets

We use accepted industry standards to set the club targets. The reference documents include: Accessible Stadia Guide 2003 and Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance 2015; Building Regulations Approved Document M, Access to and Use of Buildings; BS 8300, Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people; Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide); Access for All, UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience

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This information is provided by Barnsley. Level Playing Field (LPF) cannot be held responsible if the service and provision differs from what is stated here.

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Updated August 2019

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  • Joanne mckibbens , who attended Barnsley v Aston Villa
    2 years ago

    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

  • Sheila Quinn, who attended Barnsley v York
    3 years ago

    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.

  • Amy Wilson, who attended Barnsley v Everton
    4 years ago

    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.

  • Sheffield United Disabled Supporters Club (SUDS), who attended Barnsley v SUFC April 4th 2015
    4 years ago

    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.

  • Sheila Quinn, who attended Barnsley v York City 02/09/2014
    5 years ago

    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.

  • Graham, who attended Barnsley v Middlesbrough.
    5 years ago

    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.

  • Darren, who attended Wolves 20/07/2013
    6 years ago

    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.

  • Lin, who attended Wolves
    6 years ago

    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!

  • Gary Deards, who attended Barnsley v Reading 19/03/11
    8 years ago

    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

  • Phillip, who attended Nottingham Forest 28/10/2009
    9 years ago

    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