Olympiastadion leads Euro 2024 stadiums in accessibility

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Berlin’s Olympiastadion has been ranked as the most accessible stadium of this year’s UEFA European Championship by Live Football Tickets.

The ticketing company assessed the venues of the upcoming tournament, scheduled to take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, analysing their wheelchair accessible seating, toilets, parking spaces, and other accessible services.

The Olympiastadion came out on top with a score of 7.5 out of 10. The stadium was built for the 1936 Summer Olympic Games before being renovated for Germany’s hosting of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

It boasts ramp access throughout, as well as 60 designated disabled parking spaces, and 10 accessible toilets, while all of its accessible seating areas come with unobstructed views of the pitch.

Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena and the Allianz Arena in Munich rounded out the top three with respective scores of 6.4 and 6.0.

“It’s great to see more stadiums upholding the values of the sport by prioritising accessibility and inclusivity,” said Stefan Balkenende of Live Football Tickets.

“EURO 2024 is a huge event in the football calendar, and every fan should get their chance to be part of the excitement.

“This isn’t just a matter of compliance, it’s a testament to the true spirit of football. Every fan’s voice matters, and every fan deserves the opportunity to cheer for their team, share in the excitement, and feel the sense of community that football uniquely offers.”

Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park and the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen finished in joint-last place with a score of 3.0.

The former was let down by its lack of accessible seating and just two accessible toilets. Despite having reasonable wheelchair seating, the Veltins Arena was let down by the proportion of its other accessible seating.

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