Extract from the Scottish Parliament Official Report Wednesday 6th November 2013….
Commonwealth Games (Accessibility)
George Adam (Paisley) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government what opportunities there are for people with mobility issues to participate in viewing events during the Commonwealth games at Hampden. (S4O-02535)
The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport (Shona Robison): The Glasgow 2014 organising committee is working to ensure that accessible seating and associated facilities are available for people with mobility issues at Commonwealth games events. To that end, it is currently conducting accessibility audits at all competition venues to understand existing provision and identify areas for improvement.
Accessibility improvements have already been made at Hampden. A new upgraded lift has been installed, along with four new wheelchair-accessible WCs and additional facilities for users with reduced mobility. For the games, a temporary athletics track will be installed and the wheelchair viewing spaces will be temporarily relocated.
George Adam: The minister will be aware that there will be much welcomed new viewing areas for fans with mobility issues during the Commonwealth games. She may also be aware that that is only a temporary measure. Many disabled fans who follow Scotland at the national stadium currently have a choice of only trackside or restricted view seating. Does the minister agree with me and the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association that the new seating should be retained by Hampden Park? Will she meet me and members of the SDSA about that issue?
Shona Robison: The organising committee has been working with all competition venues to try to ensure that solutions can be made on a permanent legacy basis wherever possible, although it is recognised that temporary solutions will sometimes be necessary. However, I recognise that the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association is doing excellent work to ensure that issues for its members are being raised and considered. While the specific issues raised by the member are the responsibility of Hampden Park Ltd, I would be happy to meet the member and the SDSA to discuss that further.