The demand for universal accessibility and inclusion has risen to the forefront of the political and societal agenda in Spain and around the world. These groups include people with different disabilities, older people and those with age related disabilities.
On December 4, 2017 the Spanish Government approved a law representing a turning point; it’s aim is to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to all areas of society, including the right to have full access to sports events such as football matches. In Spanish leagues 1 and 2 individual clubs will have to comply with Royal Decree 1/2013, of November 29, Consolidated Text of the General Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and their Social Inclusion. Despite the above legislation having entered into law and some progress being made recently in some new stadia (eg Wanda Metropolitano and Nuevo San Mames, amongst others), reality shows us that people with disabilities have seen little or no changes at all which is counter to the provisions of the law passed in December 17 guaranteeing that right. The issues raised by the above lack of compliance are analysed in various studies that we have undertaken in the last decade. These studies can be viewed on our website and we are available for consultation at any time. Universal accessibility stubbornly remains a significant issue in connection with our stadiums, hence the reason for creating the Estadio Accesible consortium which aims to support those people who are currently excluded from venues or buildings which they have so far been excluded from by the lack of action taken by associations, leagues and clubs.
“All public areas and amenities within the stadium should be fully accessible to spectators with disabilities"UEFA Guide to Quality Stadiums, p. 22
“Stadiums must have accessible areas for spectators with disabilities from which they can watch the game"FIFA Stadium Security Regulations, p. 53
"Currently, accessibility of sports facilities in Spain is still inadequate, both in access and facilities"White Paper on the sport of people with disabilities in Spain, p. 245