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Albion unveil new accessible concourse

9 August 2017

THE Hawthorns now boasts a state-of-the-art accessible concourse - and Albion can't wait to welcome fans inside for the Premier League opening-day clash with Bournemouth on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The club increased the number of wheelchair bays from 145 to 171, the recommended number for The Hawthorns' capacity, last month.

And now the accessible concourse, equipped with a sensory area and Changing Places toilets, can join the renovations which have seen Albion work closely with our own Disabled Supporters Club.

The concourse will serve disabled supporters in the Smethwick End and West Stand, with the sensory area enabling children on the autism spectrum to enjoy matchdays in a calm environment.

The area features a bubble tube, soft seating and wall projectors so that visitors to the room can enjoy matchdays in a relaxed and peaceful space.

The Hawthorns is also displaying 'not all disabilities are visible #stomafriendly' signs on all of the club's accessible toilet facilities across the stadium.

Kevin Candon, Chairman of the Disabled Supporters' Club expressed his delight at the "first-class" facilities.

"Looking at the finished product, it is absolutely superb. You couldn't wish for anything more. Absolutely first class.

"This is the welcome you want when you come into your club. This club has gone beyond what they had to do for us.

And Kevin's views were echoed by Chief Executive Officer Martin Goodman, who recognised what a positive move the accessible concourse represented for the club.

“This is a huge step forward in creating facilities for all supporters and a great opportunity for providing accessible facilities for both present and future fans.

“We consider ourselves a welcoming and inclusive club and look forward to new supporters enjoying these facilities.”


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