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Disability Access

For Sanford Stadium:

The following information is designed to help you and your family plan a visit to Sanford Stadium. To better accommodate the various needs of our visitors at Commencement, UGA is providing several options for accessible seating which may be reserved online. Visitors in need of accessible seating are strongly encouraged to arrive early at the stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

DISABILITY PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION: The recommended disability parking area is the East Campus Parking Deck. Complimentary shuttle buses for ADA compliant transportation will run between the East Campus Deck and Sanford Stadium. Shuttle buses will drop off at the Stadium near the Will Call Window on East Campus Road. Shuttle buses will start running at 4:30 p.m. and will continue for 1 hour after the conclusion of the ceremony. Road congestion is expected at the conclusion of the ceremony. Click here for the 2016 Undergraduate Commencement parking map.

Only shuttles are allowed on East Campus Road near the Stadium. Guests will not be allowed to drop off next to the Stadium. Additional disability parking is available, but ease of access to the Stadium varies on location. For a full campus parking map, see the Maps tab on the Parking Services website: http://www.parking.uga.edu/.

All guests should be prepared for the exertion required to navigate a large sports stadium. The stadium itself requires additional extensive walking once you are inside. Please allow plenty of extra time to ensure that those in your party do not become fatigued.

NOTE: Bags, purses or backpacks exceeding 8.5”x11” and wrapped packages wherein the contents are not visible are prohibited inside Sanford Stadium. Food and drinks (non-glass, non-aluminum, non-alcoholic) ARE allowed but must fit inside the permitted-sized bag. Beverage containers may also be subject to inspection.

ARRIVE EARLY and BE PREPARED!!!

CAPTIONING: The Undergraduate ceremony will have open captioning in the stadium. A live streaming transcription of the audio portion of the ceremony will be displayed on the large reader boards for guests with difficulty hearing.

SEATING:  Accessible seating for wheelchairs and those with limited mobility is available in four designated areas in Sanford Stadium. Wheelchair sections are designed for two individuals: one person in a wheelchair plus one companion. Accessible seating is limited and requests will be processed as they are received. Click here for a Sanford Stadium 2016 Undergraduate Commencement seating chart.

Onsite wheelchairs will not be available. Guests with difficulty walking are strongly encouraged to bring their own wheelchair or to rent one. Wheelchairs are generally available for short-term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies. First Aid and Red Cross will be onsite to assist guests with emergency needs. The First Aid Station is located at Section 119. 

Two of the four designated accessible seating areas require a reservation and ticket. Reservations are first-come, first-served. Please review the options carefully to best gauge the option that will fit your particular needs. Guests who do not have a reservation will be directed onsite to the section that can best accommodate them.

1) Field Level Wheelchair Section – East End Zone (reservation and tickets required)

The Field Level Wheelchair Section – East End Zone is reserved, and each reservation is for one person in a wheelchair plus one companion.

This section is located in the East End Zone, near the hedges, on the field level of the Stadium. Guests must access this section from the Will Call elevators.
ADA accessible portable restrooms will be located near the seating.

This section faces the main stage and provides a direct view of the event. However, this seating area will not be covered or enclosed, and guests will be subject to the elements. Please prepare appropriately for direct sun, including sunscreen and hats. If it is raining, ponchos will be distributed to this section.

Please note:  Once the Field Level Wheelchair Section – East End Zone is filled, those requesting the Field Level will receive a reservation for Section 2, the Indoor Wheelchair Section. Water is available.

2) Indoor Wheelchair Section—Press Box (reservation and tickets required)

The Indoor Wheelchair Section is reserved, and each reservation is for one person in a wheelchair plus one companion.

This section is located in a club level box on the 200 level near Section 229, south side of the Stadium. Guests should access this section using the Will Call elevators. Accessible restrooms are located in the Press Box.

The Press Box is enclosed, air conditioned, and has TVs with a live feed of the ceremony. There is no field view, however, so please anticipate watching the ceremony on the television screens. Water is available.

3) Limited Mobility Seating (first-come, first-served, no tickets) 

To accommodate guests with limited mobility, we will designate the first few rows of sections 114 through 124 for Limited Mobility Seating. Reservations will not be taken for this section. These seats will not be ticketed or monitored. These seats are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that seating in this area fills quickly. Please arrive early to ensure the best seating for your party. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. 

4) Existing ADA Seating in the Stadium (first-come, first-served, no tickets) 

Two very small accessible seating areas are located in Sections 114 and 124, on the 100 level of the Stadium in the northeast and southeast corners respectively. Each has space for only 5-6 persons in wheelchairs with companions. These areas will not be ticketed or monitored. These seats are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that seating is extremely limited in these areas.

NOTE:  As stated above, guests who do not have a reservation will be directed onsite to the section that can best accommodate them.

RESERVATIONS:

Click HERE for Reservations

For more information or questions, please contact rsvpcomm@uga.edu.

ALL RESERVATIONS FOR DESIGNATED SECTIONS MUST BE MADE BY MONDAY, MAY 2

For Stegeman Coliseum:

Disabled parking is available in lot S-12 (Hoke Smith Annex). The lot is adjacent to Stegeman Coliseum.

Visitors with disability concerns are strongly encouraged to arrive early at the coliseum. Seating for wheelchairs is very limited in the arena. Main entrances to Stegeman Coliseum along Sanford Drive and Carlton Street are wheelchair accessible.

An elevator with access to the floor level is located in the Southeast corner of the arena near the Smith Street Lobby entrance to the facility.

Seating: Seating for wheelchairs is very limited in the Coliseum. Along the top row of the lower level are several sections for wheelchair and companion seating. And since the number of seats in each of these sections varies, we ask that accompanying family members be kept to a minimum.

Note: Please be aware that UGA does not provide wheelchairs. There will be no UGA personnel available to assist visitors to their seats.