Portsmouth FC Disabled Supporters Association
Spectator Viewing areas
Up to 30 spaces for wheelchair users can be found at pitchside in the away section for away supporters. Additional spaces may be available on request. Pitchside positions give partial cover with PA’s seated slightly behind. No specific numbers of tickets are allocated for the ambulant disabled. The club advise that ambulant disabled supporters can generally sit where they wish, but front row pitchside offers step-free access and accommodation for fans with an assistance dog.
There are 14 accessible toilets in the main lower concourses all equipped with emergency alarms and 20 accessible toilets for ambulant supporters in the upper tiers. 14 non-dedicated catering outlets serve lower concourse areas with Steward Assistance available on request at the point of entry.
Accessible services & information
Radio commentary is available from the Club’s radio station Radio Rovers – supporters are currently asked to bring a small radio and headset. Blind and partially-sighted supporters can choose to sit anywhere and are not restricted to a dedicated area to receive commentary. Abridged Braille and audio Match day programmes are available. Hearing loops are positioned in ticket offices, retail outlets, and reception. Portable hearing systems available for function rooms. Rest points are located outside the stadium and inside the concourse areas.
Assistance Dogs are welcome at Ewood Park, but fans are asked to contact the Club in advance to ensure appropriate seating is available.
Blackburn also provide Assistant Tickets through the Club’s Assisted Supporter Scheme; it is for the supporter to choose who their Assistant is. Applications should be made in advance of a game.
Braille and /or audio version of match day programme available on request as are versions of menus in Blues and versions of the Customer Charter. Other accessible formats of other documentation are available on request.
Blackburn Rovers also offer concourse seating areas. There is also a sensory room in the Family Lounge for children with disabilities and families attending a match. The re-located Family Stand is now in the lower tier and accessible for wheelchair users.
Communication aids are available for fans requiring additional support and use symbols or easy-read formats. For further details please contact the Access Officer.
Stadium: Ewood Park
Address: Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF
Website address: www.rovers.co.uk/fans/disabilitymatters
Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters:
Name: Mrs Christine Peacock MBE
Telephone no: 01254 508205 / 07717 724646
Getting There & Parking
Parking is limited around the stadium. The number of parking spaces available varies to meet demand for both home and visiting fans. They are in close proximity to the stadium. Seasonal permits for home fans should be booked in advance; match day: advisable to book in advance as it is on first come- first served basis- but some match day parking may be available. There is a standard charge of £10 for car parking for all supporters.
Drop off points are located at the Blackburn End and Darwen End of the stadium. Step-free access around and throughout the stadium.
Travelling by Car
Most of us have sat Nav's so inputting the Post code BB2 4JF in should be all you need to get you there. For fans who don't have Sat Nav there are some good route Planners available online including google maps
Travelling by Coach
Lucketts provide coaches for Portsmouth away supporters travel and are able to accomodate manual wheelchairs if you are able to get to you seat either by yourself or with the assisatance of your own carer / travelling companion see link for more information: www.lucketts-holidays.co.uk
Travelling by Train
The closest railway station is Mill Hill which is around a 15 minute walk away from Ewood Park. It is served by trains from Blackburn and the journey only takes a few minutes.
Blackburn station itself is at least a couple of miles from the ground and a good 25-30 minute walk away.