Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium officially opened this week in a blur of pyrotechnics and ceremony when the Premier League side beat Crystal Palace, but behind the scenes disabled fans celebrated another victory.
The £1bn structure revealed a range of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, setting a benchmark in global stadium design.
It is the latest stadium to be built fully compliant with Accessible Stadia guidelines and is one of the most accessible grounds in Europe.
Until this week, bitter rivals Arsenal arguably had the UK’s most accessible ground, with 260 wheelchair bays, a single Changing Places facility and 41 accessible toilets for 60,000 fans.
Tottenham’s new 62,000 capacity stadium has 265 wheelchair bays, three Changing Places facilities, 66 accessible toilets, four accessible entrances with lift access, wheelchairs for hire, a sensory room and charging points of powerchairs.
Both Changing Places were supplied by Closomat and deliver appropriate space (12m2), plus an adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, height-adjustable washbasin, and full room coverage ceiling track hoist alongside a conventional, peninsular WC.
The Changing Places mean that anyone who needs extra help, space or equipment to go to the toilet can have peace of mind, knowing there are suitable toilet facilities, whether there to watch football, or NFL.
Kelvin Grimes, Closomat’s away from home project manager, said: “It is fitting that a world-leading stadium should be as accessible as possible. We are glad to have been part of the team to deliver such a landmark venue.”
Claire Haymes, Closomat’s CDM compliance and project co-ordinator, said: “Tottenham Hotspur Stadium demonstrates accessibility and stunning design can go hand in hand. It is great to see another Premier League club acknowledge their disabled fans, and facilitate their participation.”