Accessible car parking has been an issue at Hibernian F.C for many years for both home and away fans. The only designated disabled parking was on a side street on a steep hill, with a long uphill walk to the stadium and on a first come first served basis.It was also brought to the SDSA and the newly formed Hibernian DSA’s attention that supporters were put off attending games due to difficulties parking.
Garry O’Hagan a director of Hibernian F.C. took this on board and to his credit worked hard to resolve the problems.
For home fans Garry sourced a piece of available land 2 minutes from the stadium with the potential for approximately 30 accessible spaces. The owner agreed to let Hibernian F.C. use it on match days for a nominal fee. Supporters are absolutely delighted with the new set up. In fact the Hibernian DSA have heard of new season tickets holders as they heard about the new car parking facilities.
For away fans Garry also came up with a temporary solution, however very welcome in the meantime, finding an area to park their cars a very short distance from the South Stand which is used to accommodate away fans.This was successfully trialled at two recent Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian games.
The Hibernian Disabled Supporters Association and the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association thank Garry and Hibernian F.C. for doing their utmost do resolve this issue. Yet again proof the DSA’s at local and national level working with football clubs works!!