Optus Stadium sets new benchmark for disability access
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Today sees the first One Day International Played at Perth's new Optus Stadium. This stadium sets a new standard for disability access at Western Australian sport venues, ensuring the entire community can enjoy a five-star experience when visiting the venue and Stadium Park.
The stadium recognizes that attending a sporting event is all about the experience and caters for all price points in its provision of accessible seating. Further it also caters for different sized groups by containing configurable seating options for family and friends.
Optus Stadium is truly a venue for all Western Australians. The attention and hard work that has gone into the disability access features really is one of the most special things about this venue. - Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray
The world-class venue incorporates a range of access and inclusion features which far exceed the requirements set out in the 2013 National Construction Code. Features include:
- 60 purpose-built permanent ACROD bays within the stadium and Stadium Park. This is eight times the number of bays required under the 2013 National Construction Code for event days. There will also be a drop-off area located adjacent to the Perth Stadium Bus Station at the southern end of Stadium Park for eligible ACROD holders;
- 28 per cent more wheelchair positions than required in the 2013 National Construction Code, located across all levels of the stadium and available across all price points from general admission to premium product. The positions contain cup holders and incorporate flexible seats for carers and guests, accommodating groups of all sizes;
- An additional 327 enhanced amenity seats for people who have mobility requirements that are not in wheelchairs, which is not a requirement of the 2013 National Construction Code;
- Three Changing Places toilets for users requiring specialised assistance have been installed across the venue – two within the stadium and one currently under construction in The Camfield function centre. Optus Stadium will be the first stadium in Australia to have more than one Changing Places toilet available to patrons;
- 60 universal access toilets within the venue, with 16 in the general admission area having electronic push button access. There is also an ambulatory accessible toilet in each toilet block to provide greater flexibility for patrons; and
- A total of 12 lifts will be available within the stadium, all with fully redundant power so they continue to operate in the event of a power outage or emergency.
The inclusion of these features into the stadium and precinct has been influenced by the Stadium Project Team’s consultation with the Access and Inclusion User Group, which was established in 2012.
The group includes representatives from a range of organisations within the disability sector and has informed the stadium’s design specifications and provided advice throughout the design development phase.
Allocation of parking bays and drop-off passes is managed by stadium operator, VenuesLive. ACROD permit holders can apply for a parking bay up to three weeks before an event at http://www.optusstadium.com.au/acrod or by calling 1300 297 588.
Those unable to secure an ACROD parking bay will be able to apply for a drop-off pass.