Words by Colette Carr
From the beginning of the 2018/19 season, Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge home will up the wheelchair ticket spaces available to 219.
The reigning Premier League champions are one of a number of clubs ordered to reach a minimum number of wheelchair user spaces to meet Premier League standards created in 2015 .
The changes will see 800 seats removed in order to house the new wheelchair spaces, with provision for greater disabled access in the pipeline for the London club.
The club currently accommodates 108 wheelchair users and previously faced legal action for failing supporters with disabilities in the club.
In a statement the club said: “The club recognises the need to improve the access to and experience within the stadium for disabled supporters, allowing for greater choice in the location and elevation of seating, as well as a greater number of accessible toilet facilities.
“The club will also be reviewing our ticketing policies for disabled supporters ahead of the 2018/19 campaign with new seating added to our matchday sales and advertised online through our existing media channels.
“Our proposed new stadium at Stamford Bridge will further improve the experience for our disabled supporters, offering a world-class matchday experience for all fans and ensuring the long-term future of the club. It will be a new destination that compares to other great stadia around the globe, strengthening London’s status as the world’s leading city of sport.”