Vasil Levski Stadium

 

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Vasil Levski Stadium

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Vasil Levski Stadium

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Bulevard Evlogi i Hristo Georgiev 38

1164 Sofia

Bulgaria

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Access Information for Disabled Supporters

Getting there and Parking

 

The nearest international airport to the stadium is Sofia Airport which is approximately 12km away. From the airport, Sofia Airport Metro Station (Line 1) is situated next to Terminal 2 of the airport and provides a fast connection to the city centre. The Metro can also be used to get to the stadium, supporters should alight at Vasil Levski Stadium Metro Station. CAFE understands that all stations on the Sofia Metro system are accessible for disabled passengers.

 

The stadium is located in the city centre. It can be reached by bus (lines 9, 72, 75, 76, 84, 94, 204, 213, 280, 306, 604), trolleybus (lines 1, 2, 5, 8), tram (lines 10, 12, 18). CAFE are yet to confirm if any of these services are suitable for disabled passengers.

Getting a Ticket

 

Spectator Viewing areas

 

Amenities

 

Services

 

Useful Publications and Policies

 

For further guidance, please refer to 'Access for All' - the UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience, available in 13 different languages here.

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Comments

Anthony Joy

Match: Ludogorets Razgrad v Arsenal, Champions League, 01/11/16

Published: 26/11/2016

 

Wheelchair viewing location at the Vasil Levski Stadium

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Anthony Joy

Match: Ludogorets Razgrad v Arsenal, Champions League, 01/11/16

Published: 26/11/2016

 

The draw for this years Champions League adventure threw up a trip to Eastern Europe, and for the first time a trip to Bulgaria. Ludogorets home stadium is a 6-hour trip from the Capital, but due to the small capacity the game was switched to Sofia. A new city, and a new stadium was a big attraction, so our numbers were swelled with a few extras.  As I was to find out, they were going to be needed to assist in navigating the Bulgarian capital. 

  

Getting There & Parking

 

Some of our group went on a free walking tour of Sofia on the day of the game.I opted not to, and based on feedback this proved a wise decision. Sofia is VERY difficult to get around in a wheelchair, and the tour involved lots of steps so we spent the day sampling the great exchange rate and fayre in local bars. The Vasil Levski Stadium serves as the National Stadium, and could be walked from the city centre in around 15-20 minutes BUT the condition of pavements in Sofia meant I took the Metro. The stadium has its own station and thankfully all stations are wheelchair accessible via lifts. We took Line 2 from SERDIKA to the stadium in under 10minutes. The stadium is under 5 minutes walk from the station. After the game you can access the station, just approach a Police Officer and they hold back the crowds. Once through the ticket barrier, take the left hand side lift as if heading back into Sofia.

 

Spectator Viewing areas 

 

Arsenal disabled supporters were to access via Gate 1 so we were away from our main body of supporters. After extensive bag searches, a steward escorted me inside the stadium and through what I can only describe as PVC french doors. Then up a slight slope, you enter the main bowl of the stadium.  Wheelchairs were simply to sit in front of the first row of the seats in a wide concourse. The main issue here is the 5ft wire fence blocking your view, plus the stewards who stand in front of the fence (on pitchside).   If I'd sat in my designated seat a sign fixed to the fence informing people this was Block 14 would have completely blocked the view of the near goal.   Arsenal's last minute winner by Mesut Ozil was completely obscured by both the fence and the offical dugouts - we could just about make out the crossbar at the far end.

  

After the game, we were not kept in, and in fact thanks to the Metro were back in a bar in the centre after just 20 minutes.

  

Getting a Ticket

 

Our tickets were facilitated through Arsenal, but didn't arrive before we travelled so we had to collect these from a designated hotel on the day of the game. This was costly as we had to take a taxi to/from the hotel. This is a growing trend in european away games, in that the accessible tickets do not seem to be sent over with the main bulk of tickets. This is annoying.

 

Amenities

 

Just before the ramp to the viewing area are 2 accessible toilets; Ive seen worse but the cleanliness left a bit to be desired and there was no hot water.   A fixed grab rail on the right hand side was installed but there was no drop down handle. There was no where accessible to get a drink or food. Before entering Gate 1, there was pasting table offering nuts/seeds etc.

 

Sofia in general

 

To be frank, Sofia is not easy in a wheelchair, or with any disability. We took a taxi from Sofia Airport costing around £12.

My main issue with Sofia are the pavements; I fell out twice over broken kerbs and concrete. Dropped kerbs don't exist and if they do they tended to be poured concrete to make a slope. I didn't find an accessible toilet in central Sofia other than the Stadium. That said the Metro was accessible. I found the general condition of the streets strange as there are disabled parking signs everywhere, in virtually every street.

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