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Blackburn Rovers

Championship
Ewood Park
Capacity: 31,363
Ewood Park
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB2 4JF

Disabled supporters contact

Club or stadium contact
 for disabled fans

Christine Rennard
Disability Liaison Officer

01254 508 205

Christine's surname is Peacock on our website

and email address different. We also have mob.(same as EFL handbook).

Accessibility information

Number of wheelchair user spaces

Actual:
292
All w/c user spaces are pitchside.Home supporters have up to 262 spaces for wheelchair users available to them, and these can be found at pitchside. Up to 30 spaces for wheelchair users can be found at pitchside in the away section for away supporters. Additional spaces may be available on request. Pitchside positions give partial cover with PA’s seated slightly behind.

Number of easy access and amenity seats

Actual:
TBC
No specific numbers of tickets are allocated for the ambulant disabled. The club advise that ambulant disabled supporters can generally sit where they wish, but front row pitchside offers step-free access and accommodation for fans with an assistance dog. Rest points are located outside the stadium and inside the concourse areas.

Number of accessible toilets

Actual:
34
There are 14 accessible toilets in the main lower concourses all equipped with emergency alarms and 20 accessible toilets for ambulant supporters in the upper tiers.

Audio commentary

Radio Rovers ceased broadcasting from the start of the season and Blackburn Rovers are exploring alternatives for commentary for their blind fans. We would suggest contacting the club before your visit to see what their current provision is.

Sensory room

There is also a sensory room in the Family Lounge for children with disabilities and families attending a match.

Accessible services + information

Assistance dogs

Assistance Dogs are welcome at Ewood Park, but fans are asked to contact the Club in advance to ensure appropriate seating is available.

Hearing loops

Hearing loops are positioned in ticket offices, retail outlets, and reception. Portable hearing systems available for function rooms.

Braille and large print provision

Abridged Braille and audio Match day programmes are available. Braille and /or audio version of match day programme available on request as are versions of menus in Blues and versions of the Customer Charter. Other accessible formats of other documentation are available on request. Communication aids are available for fans requiring additional support and use symbols or easy-read formats. For further details please contact the Access Officer.

Food concession stands

14 non-dedicated catering outlets serve lower concourse areas with Steward Assistance available on request at the point of entry.

Total number of parking spaces

Parking is limited around the stadium. The number of parking spaces available varies to meet demand for both home and visiting fans. They are in close proximity to the stadium. Seasonal permits for home fans should be booked in advance; match day: advisable to book in advance as it is on first come- first served basis- but some match day parking may be available. There is a standard charge of £10 for car parking for all supporters.

Travel options

Drop off points are located at the Blackburn End and Darwen End of the stadium. Step-free access around and throughout the stadium.

Accessible travel is available for disabled supporters to away games.

Travel information is listed on the disability matters webpage and is updated as appropriate.

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 Blackburn Rovers. Level Playing Field (LPF) cannot be held responsible if the service and provision differs from what is stated here.

If you have any queries please contact us.

Updated October 2018

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  • Brian Wright, who attended Blackburn Rovers v Oxford Utd
    1 year ago

    i attended the Oxford game as a neutral with some mates from Abingdon and I have to say that the viewing positions for wheelchair users are possibly the worst I have come across. We were allocated places on the front row tucked into a corner but it was obvious that our view was going to be restricted because of the stewards gathered in front of us monitoring the crowd behind the goal. We decided to move further along the front as there were several empty seats that we could park our chairs in front of! which naturally are not as wide as our chairs. But sadly this did not help much as not only did we have an advertising hoarding in front (which runs the length of the pitch) but the pitch is raised also. In fact one of our number who was vertically challenged couldn’t see anything at all!

    We we had a long chat with one of the officials who asked if we were OK. Having told her our predicament we were informed that although the ground was redeveloped in 1993 for some reason the disabled supporters did not want any raised viewing platforms which I found hard to believe. So all the wheelchair spaces were pitchside. Since the first three rows were covered in netting it wouldn’t be that difficult to construct some raised areas instead of the seats which would solve the problem.

    I must say say I couldn’t fault the stewards who were trying to help us but they were very limited in what they could do And the parking arrangements were perfect but this is pointless if you can’t watch the game the same as any other supporter.

    I feel sorry for the home supporters who have to endure this experience and I certainly won’t be returning anytime soon.

  • Lin Corbett, who attended V Wolves 6th October 2012
    6 years ago

    We only had ambulant disabled supporters in our party for this match. Pricing was full price for disabled fans and a free ticket for their helpers. We were concerned as once again our tickets were near the back of the stand and the view for those who had limited mobility and were unable to stand for would be obscured by fans in front standing. However, when we arrived we were taken in through the disabled entrance and were given seats at the front of the stand without even having to ask! The facilities were good and the disability stewards were very attentive and helpful.

    Well done Blackburn you are a shining example of how to meet the needs of disabled supporters!

  • Mrs W, who attended Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool 03/03/2011
    8 years ago

    The “Visiting Disabled Supporters Information Sheet” supplied with the tickets was a useful document to receive. Facilities and services are fully described.

    However, only 2 parking spaces are available for visiting supporters next to the ground, which is essential for larger wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

    Disabled help stewards were situated at the entrance to the stadium, but there was no assistance to our seat/position (as stated on information sheet). Very confusing for away fans as wheelchair bays are not marked out. Wheelchairs have to be positioned in front of the first row, and as they are wider than the standard seat width, the helper has to stand-there is no room for them to sit alongside.

    Matchday steward on pitch remained standing after the game had started, catering staff appeared not to have received disability awareness training and were very unhelpful, and there were no disabled help stewards located in the concourse to provide assistance with purchasing programmes/visiting toilet.

    Disappointing overall.

  • Gary Deards, who attended v. Reading - 2008
    10 years ago

    view from away wheelchair section

  • Gary Deards, who attended v. Man Utd 2004
    14 years ago

    Away wheelchair positions