While we’re in the midst of another AFL season, we have outlined the facilities and access information available to people with disability at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.
The Stadium Management Authority (SMA), which manages Adelaide Oval, has advised that when the renovation, which is currently underway in the North Parklands, is complete it will provide some additional parks.
“The great news is the new hard-star surface will provide a very stable base for those attending – with no rubble under foot – and will provide easier access for those requiring access to the Western Stand,” said the SMA spokesperson.
“Following the work in the parklands we will, at a minimum, return to the number of disabled access carparks we had available for the 2014 football season.”
Facilities at Adelaide Oval:
Parking: There are access-compliant carparks in the North Carpark and Torrens Parade Ground for all major events. Disabled drop-off zones are located on War Memorial Drive and King Williams Road.
Ticketing: It is important you advise Ticketek that you are a visitor with disability when booking your ticket. Ticket counters are located outside Adelaide Oval entry gates. An accessible ticket counter is located near each entrance. They are fitted with hearing loops and an accessible height counter.
Entry: All main entries to the stadium are accessible for wheelchair users, semi-ambulant visitors and people accompanied by assistance dogs. Ramps and lifts are used extensively throughout the Oval and ramps are located near all stairs, and lifts are located near all escalators.
Seating: Adelaide Oval has 275 available places for wheelchair users, with flexible seating for companions and carers. These seats are grouped on all public and corporate levels throughout the Oval.
In addition, there are 119 Easy Access seats that provide extra space for people who use disability aids, those who require extra space and who have assistance dogs. Easy Access seats are available on the East Stand, levels 1, 3 and 5 of the South Stand, levels 1, 3 and 5 of the Northern Mound and in corporate areas.
Assistance dogs: Assistance dogs are welcome at Adelaide Oval, with Easy Access seats best able to accommodate people and their assistance dogs.
Catering: All food outlets and bars have accessible height counters.
Toilets: There are 41 unisex accessible toilets located near all male and female toilets. Each are signed with raised tactile/Braille information. There are also 77 male and female toilet cubicles with extra space and grab-rails with outward opening doors for those with a walking frame or other mobility aid.
More information, visit www.adelaideoval.com.au or phone 1300 665 915 for further details on accessible seating, ticket queuing and carparking arrangements.
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This article was featured in the June 2015 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.