Soccer Fans To Protest Stadium Inaccessibility
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 7, 2003
CARDIFF, WALES--Hundreds of soccer fans with disabilities plan to boycott an up-coming game to protest the poor seating for wheelchair users at Millennium Stadium.
The 1,000 member Manchester United Disabled Supporters Association (MUDSA) claims that the stadium's 300 wheelchair accessible seats are situated behind regular seating.
Wheelchair users can view the action on the field . . . until the fans in front of them stand up. And while there are "Do Not Stand Up" signs fixed to those seats, the spectators tend to stand up during exciting periods anyway.
MUDSA has written to the Football League to try to get a platform temporarily installed at the front of the lower tier close to the field. They plan to boycott next month's Worthington Cup Final against the Liverpool team to bring attention to the issue.
The managers of Millennium Stadium have agreed to install raised platforms in the existing designated wheelchair seating areas.
Phil Downs, MUDSA secretary, said that would not take care of the problem.
"It is just a question of us trying to persuade the powers that be to put in a temporary platform for us to provide us with an unobstructed view of the pitch," Downs told the BBC News.