Everton FC invests in evacuation equipment to exceed ASG regulations
23rd August 2019
As part of Everton's investment, new elevated platforms were installed at the club's 39,950 capacity, Goodison Park Stadium. These new platforms provide an additional 89 viewing positions for wheelchair users, increasing the club's total wheelchair-accessible positions to 214.
A range of further improvements including fully-accessible lifts, new stairs and designated wheelchair entrances and exits, have improved both access and evacuation procedures at the club.
"We chose to invest in our ground regardless of the new stadium because, as a club, we are committed to all our supporters and hold the need for equality, particularly in sports, in high regard," says Richard Cairns, facilities manager at Everton FC.
"Evacuation procedures obviously underpin our fire safety strategy, but we also need to provide for any circumstance where someone may need assistance and the lifts are out of action. Correct evacuation training is vital for all football clubs as, you can imagine, we have a lot of people working here on match days, so we needed to develop a policy that enables us to train as many of our team as possible.
"Evac+Chair helped implement a training programme for key match day staff and accessibility Stewards and we are confident that all of our fans and visitors to Goodison Park would be evacuated safety and correctly in an emergency."