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Steep, narrow ramp to wheelchair user area

Steep, narrow ramp to wheelchair user area

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Sightlines from wheelchair user area

Sightlines from wheelchair user area

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Flat surfaces are more accessible

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Comments

Anthony Joy

Match: Anderlect v Arsenal, Champions League, 22/10/14, Constant Vanden Stock Stadium

Published: 28/10/2014

 

Arsenal’s third matchday in this years Champions League group stage took us to Brussels.  Being so close and several options to hand, as to how to get there, I along with several thousand other Gooners were very much looking forward to heading to the capital of Belgium to sample some of the fine Belgian beers. Having been to Brussels previously, I knew it would be tough as a wheelchair user overcoming the terrain, but it was a new ground to tick off so we travelled with spirits high.

 

Getting there and Parking

Constant Vanden Stock Stadium is out in the suburbs of Brussels.  A taxi would be an option but Police closed several roads so getting close would be difficult.  You’d have the additional problem of arranging a meet point.

Assuming you are already in Brussels city centre, I strongly suggest taking the METRO to the Stadium.   Most stations are accessible via lift, and the trains pull up virtually level to the platform (tip: don’t board the front of the train as for some reason the train is about 4inches higher here from the platform). 

If you spend your afternoon enjoying one of the many bars and restaurants in & around Grand Place, I suggest heading to De BROUCKERE station or CENTRAAL STATION (both Line 5 Yellow to Erasmus) and heading to VEEWEYDE station. On exiting the lift at street level, head down the hill to the roundabout and take the first right up the road for about 10mins walk.   You’ll see stewards to guide you toward the stadium where you’ll be directed to the away compound.

 

Arriving at the stadium there seems car parking available next to the coach park.   Im not sure if you need book in advance however. Take your time after the game; we were held back until the crowds were gone so we took the same route in reverse.

Getting a Ticket

Our tickets were arranged via Arsenal, costing 50EURO for a pair. Arsenal supporters were allocated 10 wheelchair spaces, plus a further 10 ambulant spaces.

                                                                                                                   

Spectator Viewing areas

We were sat in Tribune 2 Block S4 (directly behind the goal).  The wheelchair platform was at the back of a segregated area, next to the other Arsenal supporters. This meant that our view was completely unobstructed (other than for the obligatory netting behind every goal in Europe!). The section was comprised of the innovative RAIL-SEATS.  The row in front was far enough down that if the section was full, I believe a wheelchair could see.

 

Wheelchair users access with the other away supporters, entering via a gate to the right of the turnstiles.  It is only a short walk to a ramp that takes you to the viewing level. The ramp has a gentle gradient so you shouldn’t have a problem.  A steward is on hand to unlock 2 gates to access a viewing area, so you feel pretty safe if a little enclosed.   Each side has a Perspex wall; with the Anderlecht fans to your right.   (Please note, that scoring twice in injury time does get the home fans pretty irate so objects were thrown over toward us).  Also, there is a tier of the stand above.   A variety of liquid was chucked over and down onto us.

 

There are no numbered bays, it was pretty much choose your spot.  The roof of the stand should afford plenty of cover from rain.

 

Amenities

On entering the away end, an Arsenal steward informed us the stand has “no running water”.  There was 1 accessible “porta-loo” toilet next to “Porta-Urinals” acting as Gents toilets.  Unfortunately, all supporters were using the accessible toilet so the standard of cleanliness was awful well before kick-off. Fair play to Arsenal, they negotiated disabled supporters being able to use the medical centre in the stadium.

 

Immediately behind the viewing area are standard Male & Female toilets, which if you are able to walk a few steps will be fine – forget it if you are a wheelchair user. Both toilets have a step down and a sharp turn to the right to access.

 

Services

There was a food outlet in the away end as you enter. The crowds made it difficult to access. It was pretty expensive (10EUROS for a burger!)  When one of the wheelchair companions returned with a burger returned to the viewing area, an Anderlecht steward said “Disabled people cannot eat!” We gave him the benefit of the doubt putting it down to him meaning “no food can be brought into the area” in broken English. Either way, the steward was ignored.

 

 

Stadium in general

If you have time to visit the ground on a non-match day, the BVB museum is accessible via a lift.  

 

Also, as you arrive at the ground you’ll notice stone arches which lead to the old BVB stadium (until the mid 1970s). The Rote Erde is now used for reserve games, and on match days it serves as an open air bar, serving great beer and bratwurst.  BVB fans are very welcoming and you are free to wear your teams colours. The terrain in the Rote Erde is pretty rough comprised of dirt track.

 

Brussels in General

The main centre of Brussels, attracting tourists is Grand Place.  It’s a great sight and provides some great photo opportunities. However, the terrain is all cobbles; both big and small, raised and smooth.  Its difficult to wheel around, but don’t avoid the area as the effort is very well worth it.

 

Our hotel was just off Grand Place; several bars and restaurants fill the surrounding streets. A big problem is the lack of public accessible toilets – this was a bigger problem having found a bar offering a beer for just 2EUROS.  Happily the accessible toilet in a well known fast-food restaurant was a short stroll away!

 

The Metro is reasonably accessible.  Most stations have a lift, and you can use this to get around pretty easily.  MAELBEEK station on Line 1 is the nearest to the European Parliament building, while the King Baudouin Stadium (formerly Heysel Stadium), Atomium and Mini-Europe can be accessed via Line 6 to HEYSEL station.   These station offer access either via a lift or subway ramp.   The famous Manakin Pis fountain is a short-walk from Grand Place.

 

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