‘A whole different level’ – New Everton Stadium to be UK’s number one

Everton’s move to the banks of the Mersey will take facilities for disabled fans to a “completely different level” in what will be the most accessible and friendly stadium in the UK.

Members of Everton’s stadium development and fan engagement teams met with representatives of the Everton Disabled Supporters Association (EDSA) to provide information on the improved facilities at Everton Stadium. The future home of the Blues, currently under construction at Bramley-Moore Dock, is committed to becoming the UK’s most accessible and inclusive stadium when the doors open in the summer of 2025.

EDSA got a first-hand account of the huge improvement in numbers and facilities that will be available to disabled supporters at the 52,888-capacity stadium. Their chairman Mark Dyer said: “My fellow committee members and I have been very impressed with the progress that has been made and this meeting provided much more detail in terms of the facilities that will be available.
“We have been involved in this project since the initial planning stages and today we have answered many questions that our members have been asking as much of what was suggested and consulted on in the early days has been incorporated.

“Because of the disabilities of some of our members, they have a problem with anxiety about change, so what we wanted to do was reduce that as much as possible. It’s going to be an ongoing process, but we’ve made some pretty significant progress on that today and we’ve agreed how we can work on it going forward.”

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He added: “The fact that this will be the most accessible stadium in the UK is a message we want to get across to everyone. Everton deserve a lot of credit for what they have done at Goodison but this takes it to a whole different level and the options that are available to people are fantastic.

“We can’t wait to get in now. All these things take time and we can celebrate one last season at Goodison, but it’s getting incredibly close to a new era for everyone and we can’t wait.”

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