After recently spending some time in the hospital, supporting the new patients, a common question was, about ‘attending events and functions with mates and family’ and whether it was possible.
The answer is yes, you can! Booking these events are a little different, more detailed and time-consuming.
The reality is you need prior preparation!
Preparation and spontaneity are the keys to life. Sporting grounds, movie theatres and major entertainment venues offer accessible viewing.
Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to attend, football, cricket, concerts and a medieval festival, these were all awesome days out with friends and support workers!
When attending, there are designated areas that allow for a family member, friend and or a support worker.
Sometimes you need to book directly through the venue, or the major ticketing companies. To be honest, this system is complicated but always improving for the better, which is fantastic. The seating configurations vary, for example at the motorsport - a covered viewing platform with TV or at the football, choosing a sideline or behind the goalposts.
When you purchase your tickets, they may include free public transport on the day of the event. This allows me to use the bus, train, tram and or a ferry. And when purchasing I try to find the best position, along with the ease of access and transportation (not always possible).
Personally, I always allow extra time to arrive and leave after an event. As everyone is excited to attend and looking to purchase, food, beverages and merchandise, along with mingling with their family and friends. At the end of the event getting through a crowd 20,000 people, is like rounding up 1000 cattle! It’s every man for themselves, as they try to find their car or head to public transport.
Most recently, I found out football membership also allows people with a disability the same benefits and be able to sit in a designated wheelchair accessible area.