Accessibility Facts for Attending Big Game of 2018

Accessibility Facts for Attending Big Game of 2018

Accessibility Facts for Attending Big Game of 2018The 2018 football season has seen its fair share of controversies, yet this postseason has been one of the most exciting in recent years, with the four divisional rounds including an epic 45-42 offensive thriller between a national Jacksonville, Florida football league team and a national Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania football league team as well as a miraculous walk-off touchdown that earned a Minneapolis, Minnesota based football team a win over a New Orleans, Louisiana based football team.

One can only imagine how exciting this year’s Big Game could end up being, especially if you plan to attend. However, if you are disabled and are planning on attending, then you’re likely concerned about accessibility.

Accessibility to 2018 Big Game

All Big Game stadiums are accessible to those with disabilities and are required by law to have seating that is appropriate and accessible to individuals with disabilities. This is a result of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The following are some of the accessibility features that these major league stadiums must have in order to stay in compliance with the ADA:

  • Wheelchair seating must be available – At least one percent of all seating available in the stadium must be wheelchair accessible. These seats must be in an open space and must have a slip-resistant surface. These seats cannot be separate from the rest of the stadium, they must be integrated into the seating plan so that those with disabilities do not have to sit away from their family and friends.
  • Wheelchair seats must be properly dispersed – If there are more than 300 wheelchair accessible seats, then they must be provided in more than one location. This is called dispersed seating. Additionally, these seats must be available in all specialty locations, including skyboxes.
  • Wheelchair seats must be easily accessible – These seats must be located on an accessible route that provides disabled individuals with easy access from parking and transportation areas that connect to all public areas in the stadium, such as the exits, restrooms, concessions, restaurants and public telephones.
  • Wheelchair seats must have a comparable view – The view provided from the wheelchair seats that are available must have a line of sight that is comparable to the other seats in the stadium.
  • Companion seating – Each wheelchair accessible seat must have a companion seat beside it for a friend or companion of the person with the disability.
    Stadium access – All stadium features, including concessions, restaurants, food service areas, souvenir stands, playing fields, locker rooms and more must be accessible by wheelchair.

Random Drawing for ADA Seats

There will be ADA seating available in every NFL stadium, no matter who ends up advancing to the Super Bowl. However, obtaining ADA seating can be a challenge. This is because obtaining tickets to the Big Game is a challenge in itself.

The way Big Game football tickets work is that many of the tickets go to the players and coaches, course sponsors and for season ticket holders. Ticket brokers sell some of these tickets on behalf of the individuals who don’t want or need them. However, ADA tickets are generally not available through brokers for a simple reason – the governing bodies behind the Big Game don’t want able-bodied buyers to buy them.

To get ADA tickets, you’ll have to enter a lottery, although it’s more of a drawing since it doesn’t cost money to enter. Unfortunately, the lottery runs from February 1 through September 1 – during the year that precedes the game.

This means that you are going to have to plan far in advance. While there’s no time to obtain ADA tickets for this year’s Big Game (unless you buy them on the secondary market), you’ll soon be able to enter the lottery for the next one.

These are some things you’ll want to know about accessibility to the 2018 Big Game if you, a friend or a loved one is disabled and planning on attending. For information about how to apply for Social Security disability benefits, call us at (602) 952-3200 to schedule a free consultation with Social Security Disability Advocates USA today. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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