Wembley Stadium has unveiled two multi-purpose sensory rooms within the stadium to better accommodate neuro-divergent guests and their families. The rooms will be used for the very first time at this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup and Vitality Women’s FA Cup finals.
The new technology used within the sensory rooms includes traditional sensory equipment, alongside an immersive solution that will enable the London venue to accommodate the widest range of access requirements and achieve the greatest level of inclusivity.
The sensory rooms, designed and installed in partnership with Experia, the multi-sensory equipment provider, and in consultation with Nordoff Robbins, the independent music therapy charity, will provide guests who would ordinarily find the stadium experience challenging a safe and comfortable space to enjoy events and match-days.
Matthew Owen, customer engagement manager and lead on disability access planning and provision at Wembley Stadium, said: “To be able to open these spaces at the most iconic multi-purpose venue in the world is a moment of great excitement. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive stadium, and this further reinforces that commitment.
“On a personal level, having been involved in disability access throughout my career and as an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, I have seen first-hand the benefit these spaces and programmes can bring. I would like to thank everyone who has helped bring these spaces to life – including Experia, Nordoff Robbins, EE and the wider team at Wembley Stadium.”
Sandy Trappitt, head of partnerships at Nordoff Robbins, said: “We are proud to be involved in this exciting launch of two multi-purpose rooms, which will give people who wish to attend events the opportunity to do so in a safe and enjoyable way. As an organisation it is our privilege to connect, collaborate and co-create music with our clients.
“We aim to advocate for their continued access to the therapeutic benefits of music. Wembley Stadium is host to some of the biggest sporting events and music performances, and all guests will now be able to enjoy everything the venue has to offer.”