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Newcastle United

Premier League
St. James Park
Capacity:  52,305
St. James' Park
Strawberry Place
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 4ST

Disabled supporters contact

Club or stadium contact
 for disabled fans

Lucy Oliver
Disability Access Officer

07990 022248

General ticket office contact


Box Office

0344 372 1892

Accessible ticket contact

Jan Brien
Box Office Coordinator

0191 201 8457

Disabled supporters association

Chair

Joe Ayton

01670 717739

Website

Accessibility information

Number of wheelchair user spaces

Actual:
234

Newcastle United has accessible viewing areas for wheelchair users in all stands and offers viewing positions in both elevated and pitch-side locations.

There are 16 wheelchair positions available for visiting supporters situated in the ‘Away End’ of the ground which is located in Upper Level 7 of the Leazes Stand (North stand). All 16 of these wheelchair spaces have unrestricted views from accessible viewing platforms. To book accessible and amenity seating supporters should contact Box Office at boxoffice@nufc.co.uk or 0344 372 1892.

Number of easy access and amenity seats

Actual:
210

In addition to the 234 wheelchair spaces available, there are 125 dedicated accessible seats and 85 amenity seats available for supporters to use- home and away stats unavailable. . Accessible seats are denoted by having very few steps and generally flat access routes associated with them whilst amenity seats also offer additional leg room. The location of these seats is spread right across the stadium with positions available in all four stands. To book accessible and amenity seating supporters should contact Box Office at boxoffice@nufc.co.uk or 0344 372 1892.

Number of accessible toilets

Actual:
31

There are 31 Accessible toilets and are located at each of the areas where disabled fans are accommodated, all of which are RADAR key operated and are alternatively sited with left and right-hand transfer spaces respectively.

All toilets have an alarm fitted to floor level. East stand - 4 Toilets located in the concourse. North stand - 2 Toilets located in the concourse. South stand - 4 Toilets located in the concourse. West stand - 8 Toilets located in the corporate areas (not RADAR key operated) Level 7 - 8 Toilets located en route between the seating deck and the concourse. Away supporters on Level 7 of the North stand accessible toilets are within 10 metres of the viewing platforms prior to accessing the bar facilities.

Audio commentary

To support fans with sight disabilities, the club currently offers audio commentary and headsets at 24 seats, and a commentary system tuned in to a local radio station. These seats are located in the North-East corner of the stadium, as shown in figure 4, and tickets for such seats must be purchased specifically. Supporters can bring their own headsets if they wish or the club can provide these and jack-plug adaptors are available on request from nearby stewards. As seats in this area are limited in number, supporters may also bring their own radios or portable internet devices to listen to match commentary on. For some supporters this may be a preferable option if the North East corner location within the ground is not somewhere they wish to sit or they wish to use a specific radio or internet streaming device. The Club also has a limited number of DAB Radios are available on request. DAB radios and headsets are also available to away supporters, but due to limited numbers, supporters are advised to book radios in advance.

Sensory room

The sensory room was designed to create a safe therapeutic space, to promote resilience and recovery. The sensory room is located next to an internal viewing area, assigned specifically to those using the sensory room.

The sensory room is a soundproofed room consisting of sensory toys and lights. This room is used when a person is experiencing a sensory overload and wishes to use a quiet space. The sensory viewing area is a box with a maximum capacity of 12 people, this box is partially soundproofed to allow a degree of the atmosphere into the room.

The sensory room and viewing area is available every fixture to home supporters. To book the sensory room or for more information please email unitedasone@nufc.co.uk.

Accessible services + information

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcomed within the stadium and water bowls will be provided if required. However, visitors wishing to bring an assistance dog to a game must contact the club in advance of the purchasing their ticket(s) to ensure the seats they wish to purchase are suitable for accommodating assistance dogs.

Hearing loops

The Club Shop and also Box Officer is fitted with an induction loop. The Box Office is also equipped with a text phone for supporters who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Club shop

The shop is located at street level in the Gallowgate (South) stand of the stadium on Strawberry Place and is spread over 2 floors accessible via a lift or escalators with level access with aisles wide enough to afford access throughout. There are 2 entrances to the shop one of which has an assisted access entry and a double door width of 1540mm. The shop is fitted with an induction loop with balanced lighting throughout with a lowered counter area.

Club hospitality

All corporate hospitality facilities are accessible to supporters with disabilities and the Club is committed to ensuring the corporate experience for disabled supporters is amongst the best in the country. All hospitality rooms and boxes are accessible to supporters using wheelchairs and supporters with ambulant or hidden disabilities. There are a number of facilities located in the vicinity of corporate hospitality areas including accessible toilets (alternatively sited), a changing place and a sensory room. All corporate hospitality areas are also accessible via three large, spacious lifts.

Braille and large print provision

The signage within the stadium is above head height to be seen above crowds. The font on the food concession stands is large font, however braille is not yet available.

Accessible lounge

The club does not have an accessible lounge.

Food concession stands

All of the food concession stands have a lowered counter. Disabled supporters who have difficulties accessing food and drink kiosks can have order requests delivered to their seat. Kiosk members of staff actively patrol seating areas during the first half of all games and fans are encouraged to contact such staff members to place their orders.

To pre-arrange any such assistance please contact Milan Kupusarevic on 0191 2018634 or via milan.kupusarevic@nufc.co.uk

Total number of parking spaces

The stadium currently has 30 free of charge accessible spaces available for disabled supporters although a large proportion of which are often allocated to season ticket holders. Additional car parking is available on a first come first served basis and should be booked via Joanne Hailes, who can be contacted on 01912018666 or via email at joanne.hailes@nufc.co.uk. The stadium car park is situated directly behind the North stand and is accessed via the entrance from Barrack Road (sat nav postcode is NE1 4ST).

Travel options

For visitors travelling by Taxi or a lift, an ideal drop off point for wheelchair users or people with mobility difficulties is on Leazes Terrace, directly outside the East stand.

This location affords access to the South stand access ramp with dropped kerbs and avoids the steep climb from Strawberry Place.

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

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Updated October 2020

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  • Anne Hyde, who attended Newcastle v Arsenal - 11th August 2019
    1 year ago

    I attended the match and found that the signs for tickets for the disabled did not match the ticket details. Can Newcastle look at updating their signage in the Away area so that the disabled can find their seats more easily. It is very difficult in a wheelchair to find your seat having to fight your way through the crowds. Many thanks

  • Heather Whitehead, who attended Huddersfield Town
    1 year ago

    Emailed the club for a disabled parking bay when we purchased our tickets, they replied very swiftly asking for a contact number and as promised in their reply they rang on the Monday prior to the game the following Saturday, and as the same as last year we got a disabled parking bay number which is located behind the away end. The ground is very easy to find. The parking bays are very, very narrow and after the match I had to wait for the car beside us to go before I could get into ours as space so narrow. Stewards very friendly an informative, lift to seats in quite small, the players look about an inch high due to the very elevated position of the away fans. No drop counter for wheelchair users to get a drink, disabled toilet doors need to open outwards as not much room to move around in a wheelchair, good job I had my husband with me to help me with the door, even the steward said “the door needs looking at an moving the other way round. All in all I enjoy our visits to St James’s Park.

  • Steven Powell, who attended Newcastle United v Arsenal, Premier League, Saturday 15 September 2018, KO 3.00pm
    2 years ago

    I attended this match as an away fan. St James’ Park in a short walk from Newcastle railway station but it’s uphill which may be a problem for some disabled supporters. Access for wheelchair and other mobility impaired fans to the away area is by lift. It’s at nosebleed altitude. The view for wheelchair fans is good but there is partial obstruction if supporters stand in front of the wheelchair platforms.

    The stewards were all helpful and efficient. I didn’t sample the catering after looking at the larcenous prices.

  • Heather Whitehead, who attended Huddersfield Town
    4 years ago

    Saturday 13th August my husband and I visited St James’s Park, I had rung the ground the previous week and asked for a disabled parking bay, my number was taken and put on a list and told I’d be contacted the day prior to the match, but I was rung back the day after with an offer of a parking bay, this bay was directly behind the stand where the away fans are situated which was fantastic, so easy to locate and just as easy to get in and out of.

    The ground is very easy to find so ae the disabled parking bays. The view is very good albeit very high up, but there is a lift, it’s only small, nut very quick.

    The stewards were ever so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them, we had been before, but not in the car plus it was a evening game. This is one of the nicest grounds within the Championship, it helped that we took all three points.

  • Ryan Beckett, who attended Newcastle vs Hull City AFC
    5 years ago

    One of the best stadiums for wheelchair access.

    Booked a disabled car parking space, right next to the ground. View from the away supporters disabled section is brilliant, even though you’re very high up and the players look small. Access to concourseis great as not always a choice for disabled fansat other stadiums. Plenty of disabled toiletscan be accessed near the entrance to theseats.

    Overall, a good experience at St James Park. Will visit again no doubt.

  • Luke, who attended VS Man Utd 2011
    7 years ago

    Easily one of the best away trips on my calendar. View is first class (very high up) a great position to see all the link-up play. Can’t comment on parking as we got the official supporters coach. Sat with your own fans which is top. Although the mighty reds got hammered 3-0 and it was freezing and rainy/snowy. One of the best grounds to visit in the Premier League.

  • Amy Wilson, who attended Newcastle v Everton 02/01/13
    7 years ago

    The coaches park opposite St James’ Park, getting to the stadium is a little tricky as it’s up a very steep hill, so I need assistance pushing from my brother and exiting is difficult to because going down slopes with lots of other fans exiting the same way is quite difficult but apart from that, never had any other problems at St James’

    There was plenty of stewards on hand telling me where the lift was located, once I found that, a steward took us up to level 7 (not a good ground to go if you don’t like heights!) and showed us to the concourse level. Disabled toilets have a RADAR key, the doors are quite heavy though. Access to the food kiosk is relatively easy and there is a lot of space on the concourses to be able to meet up with fans without causing an obstruction etc.

    The view from the away end is easily the best view I’ve seen. It is very high, but you can see everything, all the build up play, everything. You are also seated with the rest of the away fans.

    The only slight downside is waiting for the lift on the way out, it sometimes stops on the levels below and gets filled up before coming up to level 7, so can take several minutes to exit the ground.

    Newcastle will always be my favourite away trip in the league.

  • Mr D, who attended Newcastle v Hull City 10/10/2008
    8 years ago

    Arrive in plenty of time as parking is attrocious, I sent numerous e-mails requesting a parking space, I also spoke to the disabled liaison officer and did everything he asked me. I telephoned him a couple of weeks before the game to make sure everything was in order and left a message for him to ring me back, he did nto do this, I sent more e-mails to which I received no reply. When I arrived and finally spotted a steward I asked him where the disabled parking was, he asked if I had a pass. I told him I had requested one but not received one, I showed him my blue badge. He directed me to the car parks and told me to see the steward on the car park. I did this and showed him my disabled badge. He sent me up to the 3rd floor of the multi-storey. I had to send my nephew down to see which bay I had to park in. He came back to tell me I had to go back down and park on the surface car park. I started to go down only to be met by another steward walking up the ramp who asked me to reverse all the way back up. I explained that I was in a wheelchair and that it would not be possible to reverse back up. He eventually let me on the surface car park. I eventually got in the ground just in time to see the players coming out for the start of the game. I e-mailed the club to complain and enclosed a copy of all the e-mails I sent. They passed them on to the disabled liaison officer to respond. I requested a response within 14 days, I am still awaiting a reply. When I finally got in, the view was good.

  • Ross Hovey, who attended England Vs ???
    8 years ago

    Cannot remember the opposition but was a WC Qualifier where the FA toured England while Wembley was delayed. Parking is non existant near ground. Steep paths, not many dropped kerbs. Stewards had no idea where seats were. Disabled seat I had was behind the goal so view was pretty poor, but was in with fans…

  • Rubbery, who attended Newcastle 01/04/2012
    8 years ago

    First visit to the new stadium, as a Disabled Wheelchair Supporter. Stadium easy to find, I was not able to park at stadium all spces allocated, but plent of parking nearby in either accessible bays or free for disabled people in pay and display near stadium. Difficult to find disabled fans access point as gate access details on ticket refer to inside stadium, but thanks to helpful/friendly stewards we found it no problem. Clean toilets makes a change, viewing galleries excellent but if you have vertigo beware, access to top tier via a lift with helpful stewards again. All in all a nice experience. I would urge other stadium managers to look at here and pick up some points I would give it 8/10 so not far from perfect.