Edmonton’s shiny new arena is making a good impression on its first patrons, including people with disabilities.
Zachary Weeks is part of Edmonton’s accessibility advisory committee. They were consulted on the project five years ago when the design work started.
“(At) Rogers Place, you’re going to get a way better fan experience,” Weeks tells Global News. “From the hearing loops that were installed at the guest services to the (number) of elevators available.”
The number of accessible seats is three times as many as in Rexall Place. And there are ten elevators in the new building.
“At Rexall, there was only one elevator, and that was the game day office elevator,” adds Weeks. “It was really congested. Rogers Place is the exact opposite. You have lots of room to wheel around.”
Rogers Place has lower tables and counters to make it easier for wheelchairs, as well as yellow strips on each step and Braille on the signs. And Rogers Place program manager Jack Ashton is excited about how they’ve been able to accommodate people with hearing impairments.
“We included some induction loop technology in a lot of guest services areas on the main concourse level and the upper concourse level, so that when people come up, they can adjust a toggle on their hearing aid and go up and actually have a transaction with a person,” says Ashton. (bd)