Being a graduate of Events Management and keen follower of a variety of sports, I always thought moving from being a “fan” to working directly within the sports and entertainment industry would be very insightful. Learning all that occurs to make my trip to watch Arsenal so enjoyable (at least before kick-off and my nerves go through the roof anyway!)
During my first full week as an Xperiologist I have spoken to a number of interesting clients who manufacture disabled accessibility products for stadiums and arenas. Something that became apparent are the issues that can occur in stadiums for some attendees, leading them to feel segregated from the rest of the crowd, something that the everyday fan may take for granted. I mean we are all here to support our teams and watch the same match, are we not? So why should some not get to enjoy the same experience as others?
Reading further, it became apparent that it was not just myself who thought this. The UK Government is currently in the committee stage of passing the Accessible Sports Grounds Bill, The Premier League has also agreed to improve disabled access across all teams by August 2017.
It is great to see that in the not too distant future we will all be able to enjoy our favourite sports and live entertainment events equally. A topic that I am sure will continue to be present at TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit 2016.