For some supporters, the atmosphere and noise at a Premier League game can make watching their team an overwhelming experience. Therefore in September 2017, the club opened a Sensory Room with state of the art facilities. This room allows supporters with special needs and their families to watch live football together at the Emirates Stadium with an atmosphere that caters for their specific needs.
This facility has a viewing area where supporters can watch matches in a safe environment where there is no crowd noise. The room can accommodate up to six supporters along with either both their parents or one parent and a sibling and there is no charge. It can also be booked on non-match days by disability groups and schools.
On a match day the Sensory Room opens about 1 hour and 15 minutes before kick-off and 45 minutes after the final whistle which means that families can avoid crowds. There are two members of staff in attendance.
Adjoining the viewing room is a further room which allows supporters to be stimulated, calmed or simply entertained. This is achieved through lighting, music, interactive games and toys. There is even a floor game where the faces of current squad members appear randomly, and by jumping on them reveals a collage of Arsenal squad players. But this is by no means the only games they can play. Click on this link for a short video – Sensory Room Video
If you would like to find out more information then please contact either Luke Howard (Arsenal in the Community Disability Lead) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alun Francis (Disability Access Officer) at email@example.com.
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