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Disabled fan slams facilities at stadium

Michael Frost, who is one of the disabled Rotherham United fans disappointed in the facilities for them at the New York Stadium.

Michael Frost, who is one of the disabled Rotherham United fans disappointed in the facilities for them at the New York Stadium.

A DISABLED Rotherham United fan from Swinton says facilities for wheelchair users at the new ground are the worst he has seen in 20 years supporting the club.

Michael Frost, who has dystonia and requires round-the-clock care, slammed bosses at the New York Stadium for their “poor” facilities for disabled people.

The 27-year-old, of Rookery Road, even said facilities at the club’s previous home of 101 years Millmoor were far better than at the new £20 million stadium, which was only opened last summer.

The season-ticket holder is angry because the club does not provide a room for disabled people to get refreshments and stay warm prior to the game, which had been provided at the old ground.

He says he and other wheelchair users have been forced to cram into the packed stadium bar for up to an hour before kick off.

Mr Frost claimed he is often subjected to negative comments from able-bodied supporters or finds himself being served last.

He told the Times: “I have been a supporter since I was seven but the facilities for disabled people are poor - the worst I’ve ever known them.

“The police advise that you get into the ground by 2pm so that means you have a full hour and no room to sit in.

“It can get cold and you feel quite uncomfortable at the bar. People often complain about you being in the way.”

Mr Frost has written to the club to raise his concerns but Paul Davis, stadium manager, said it was unable to offer supporters a special room to keep warm prior to kick off.

He said: “It would not be practical to offer the regular 7,000 supporters who attend our home matches such a facility.

“We have made arrangements for disabled supporters who have bought a ticket on level two to use the facilities on the west stand concourse. Sometimes procedures can been changed to improve the services we offer, but unfortunately there are occasions where requests cannot be granted.”

 

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