Camping World Stadium was recognized for its sensory inclusivity and presented with the KultureCity Community Advocacy Award at the Fifth Annual KultureBall in Birmingham, AL. Since 2013, KultureCity has been a catalyst for change in society, creating an inclusive future where all individuals with autism and their families are accepted and treated equally. The organization has helped more than 100,000 individuals coast-to-coast.
During the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium unveiled new sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms allowing families to enjoy the game with confidence and comfort. The rooms feature multisensory-play therapy fixtures, technology stations and soothing colors while creating a peaceful space away from stadium noise. KultureCity provided comprehensive training to stadium staff, which included recognizing guests with sensory needs and sharing methods for healthy interaction and communication with sensory-sensitive patrons (photo link below).
“It’s an honor to be the recipient of the Community Advocacy Award,” said Allen Johnson, Chief Venues Officer for the City of Orlando. “We’re dedicated to providing a welcoming environment for every patron visiting the stadium and our partnership with KultureCity is essential to furthering that effort.”
Sensory inclusiveness benefits more than just kids with autism, sensory processing issues, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome; it benefits anyone who is experiencing sensory overload. KultureCity’s initiative has established a standard with the hopes that all public spaces embrace the sensory movement.
About Camping World Stadium
Camping World Stadium is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Since opening in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000 and a capacity of 8,900, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and name changes over the years. The historic venue underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. Its sustainable design achieved a LEED Silver Certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor & outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered Camping World Stadium’s ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact. For more information, visit CampingWorldStadium.com.