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Sport Stadiums criticised for their accessibility

centre court
centre court

Wembley and Wimbledon Stadiums have been criticised for their lack of accessible services for people with disabilities.

Chairman of Tottenham’s Disabled Supporters’ Association, Pete Carr, described Wembley as “somewhere that should be a flagship, but which falls quite short of the mark”

Over at Wimbledon there isn’t much ‘love’ on Centre Court as the facility only offers 28 spaces for wheelchair users, the recommended number for stadiums is 120.

Wheelchair users have also raised additional concerns saying it takes almost 30 minutes to reach the accessible area at Wembley because the lift is usually delayed, the security check is difficult to access and there aren’t enough lifts to cope with the demand.

Wembley is trying to improve its access and considering to install a sensory room for visitors with autism and have already been awarded a first-stage certificate from Level Playing Field.

Members of LPF were invited to attend this years’ Wimbledon Championships where they started talks with the All-England Club about how they could improve their access.

A spokesperson for the All-England Club said: “Our 18 Championship courts represent 18 fields of play and we ensure there is reserved space for wheelchair users at every court.”

The club also pointed out Centre Court dates back to 1922.

Twickenham Stoop Stadium also faced criticism when BT Sport took over accessible spaces outside the Jason Leonard Lounge ahead of a rugby match between the Harlequins and Saracens.

One disabled fan who attended the game asked: “Where did they expect us to go?”

“I didn’t go to the next game – I didn’t want the stress. I felt like a second-class citizen.”

Centre Court is only used two times a year for Wimbledon.