It is amazing how architecture is able to create so different spaces depending on the functionalities and requirements of each building. Some of the most impressing infrastructures are stadia, due to its dimensions and kind of events, which are hosted, apart from all the emotions and feelings, which these buildings inspire to many people. Everybody, despite their, age, gender, or abilities want to feel free when practicing their passions, being able to spend their free time in their favourite activity. Sports and specially soccer is the hobby of many people, and watching live matches one of its main events.
Due to the stadia structure, it might be thought that due to their size and extent, they might not present any barrier to spectators and workers who assist to the stadium. But this is not the reality in many cases.
The Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE), whose aim is to enable disabled fans to assist to live football matches across the UEFA region, has developed some surveys in different European countries to analyse the current situation of accessibility in stadia, by asking disables fans to evaluate different accessibility aspects based in their own experience.
Results show that there´s a lot of soccer disabled fans who would like to assist to their teams´ matches but they have to face some accessibility barriers in the environment to get the stadium and once inside, the event organization and the training and attitudes of employees. In conclusion, it could be said that accessibility is not approached as a transversal axis in the provided activity and service, and accessibility chain is not always respected.
You can see the results of their last survey carried out in Spain, and their previous survey carried out in different countries across Europe.