Great accessible night watching Glasgow Rocks basketball
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
First time both at the Emirates Arena and to a basketball game, so it was great to combine them both for a great experience. I had absolutely no problems at all with accessibility throughout the arena and it was fun from beginning to end. I would definitely return again.
Transport & Parking
There are lots of accessible parking spaces, but as I attended close to the start time there were no accessible spaces left. It wasn't a problem though as the steward advised us to park in the adjacent section which was still pretty close to the entrance.
As you approach the main entrance it's important to remember that there is an external lift to take you to the main arena. The lift is on the left-hand side outside - there is a yellow sign indicating where the lift is, but it is up quite high so it may not be completely noticeable straight away. The lift is a good size and is big enough for two wheelchairs and companions. Once we got up the next level everything was on the flat again and stewards were manning the doors and there to help if needed. There were food and merchandise stalls. I didn't have any problems navigating through the foyer to the basketball arena. There were a number of wheelchair and companions spaces all the way around the arena with good views of the basketball court. It can get quite noisy during the basketball game with the music etc, which is fun but might not be for everyone.
There were several accessible toilets throughout the arena both near the viewing area and in the main foyer. The one I saw looked spacious and clean. Enough space for a wheelchair and a companion. The only reason I'm giving 4 stars is due to there being no changing places toilet.
I didn't speak to any staff, but they all seemed very friendly.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
Had a really enjoyable first experience of a basketball game and found the accessibility of the Emirates Arena to be very good. I would definitely return and recommend to others. Already thinking about taking my nephew to a basketball game.