For Stegeman Coliseum:
Disabled parking is available in lots S-12 (Hoke Smith Annex) and S-16 (Coverdell Building). Both lots are 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.
For Sanford Stadium:
The following information is designed to help you and your family plan your 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.
PARKING AND DROP OFF SITES: Disability parking is available in Lots N-10 and E-12 near the stadium. It is approximately a quarter of a mile from the disability parking lots to Sanford Stadium, so you may want to consider dropping off anyone with mobility limitations before you park. If you need to drop off someone directly at the stadium, the Will Call window lobby on East Campus Road is designated for guest drop off. For a campus parking map, see the Maps tab on the Parking Services website.
Elevators with access to the 100, 200 and 300 levels are located at the Southeast corner of the stadium near Gate 4 and at the Will Call lobby on East Campus Road.
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.
CAPTIONING: The Undergraduate ceremony will have open captioning in the Stadium. A live streaming transcription of the audio portion of the ceremony audio 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.
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.
Three of the four designated accessible seating areas require a reservation. Reservations are first-come, first-served. Please review the options carefully to best gauge the option that will fit your particular needs. Guests that 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 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. 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.
2) Indoor Wheelchair Section – Press Box (reservation 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 Section – Section 218 (reservation required)
Section 218 of the stadium, in the east end zone, is reserved for guests with the ability to take up to a dozen steps on stairs and those accompanying them. Each reservation has a limit of 10 guests.
This section is located near the Will Call elevators on the 200 level of the stadium.
A designated area for wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or other mobility aids will be available at the top of the steps. We ask that you please tag or label your items left in this designated area with name, address and phone number. Guests and their families will be able to sit together. When the ceremony concludes, we ask for your patience as individuals retrieve their mobility aids and exit this area.
4) Existing ADA Seating in the Stadium (no reservation required, first-come, first-served)
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 that do not have a reservation will be directed onsite to the section that can best accommodate them.
To reserve accessible seating in the Field Level Wheelchair Section – East End Zone, Indoor Wheelchair Section, or Limited Mobility Section, please email your request to email@example.com. You will receive a confirmation email. In your emailed request, please include the following:
Section Requested: (examples below)
1. Field Level Wheelchair Section (Limit 1 person in a wheelchair & 1 companion per reservation)
2. Indoor Wheelchair Section (Limit 1 person in a wheelchair & 1 companion per reservation)
3. Limited Mobility Section (Limit 10 people per reservation)
Number of seats needed: ONLY for Section 3. Limited Mobility Section
For more information or questions, please contact the Office of Special Events at 706.542.7619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL RESERVATIONS FOR DESIGNATED SECTIONS MUST BE MADE BY MONDAY, MAY 4.