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Services for disabled spectators

All venues used for the XVII Commonwealth Games are accessible. Spectators were asked, when purchasing their tickets, whether they would like:

  • Wheelchair positions
  • Companion seats
  • Easy access seats
  • Access to an induction loop
  • Access to commentary*
*If you or someone in your party has a visual impairment and has requested commentary, please be advised that this will take the form of Sports Presentation over the Public Address system.

What you can expect

  • Accessible venues, toilets and facilities
  • Clear, simple signage
  • Helpful staff
  • Large crowds, queues and some delays
  • Security checks and bag searches
  • Guide dogs and other service dogs are welcome
  • Parking at venues for ticketed spectators in possession of valid Blue Badge parking permits
  • Additional GamesMobility services at Sportcity.

What you can't expect

  • Physical lifting into or out of wheelchairs, scooters or seats
  • Short-term loan of mobility equipment (with the exception of Sportcity)
  • Assistance with medication, feeding or personal hygiene.

GamesMobility at Sportcity
The GamesMobility Centre is located at Sportcity. This will provide additional free services, on request, to disabled spectators with tickets to the following events:

  • Opening/Closing Ceremonies
  • City of Manchester Stadium
  • athletics/rugby sevens
  • City of Manchester Stadium
  • squash
  • National Squash Centre
  • table tennis
  • Table Tennis Centre

The GamesMobility Centre is located on the Sportcity Plaza. Services include:

  • Short-term loan of powered scooters
  • and electric wheelchairs (for spectators age 16+)
  • Short-term loan of self-propelled manual wheelchairs (+ escort if required)
  • Escort service for spectators with a visual impairment.

How to use the GamesMobility services at Sportcity
If you wish to use the services described above, make your way the GamesMobility Centre. The mobility services cannot be pre-booked. Please bring two pieces of identification with you, e.g. driving licence or passport, plus a household bill. You will be asked to sign for the equipment that you borrow. Training on powered equipment and the conditions for its use will be provided at the centre by GamesMobility staff.

GamesMobility parking permits at Sportcity
In addition to the services described above, there are a strictly limited number of pre-bookable parking permits for the exclusive use of GamesMobility customers. If you wish to apply for a GamesMobility parking permit you must make your application in advance by telephone, on the number below. You will be asked for the following information when you phone:

  • Your name and full postal address
  • The GamesMobility service that you require
  • Session number of the event that you are attending with date and time (refer to your ticket)
  • The registration of the vehicle you wish to park.

Access to GamesMobility parking will only be permitted to ticketed spectators in possession of a valid GamesMobility parking permit for that session. Your vehicle may be subject to police inspection and search.

GamesMobility line
xxxx xxx xxxx
xxxx xxx xxxx (minicom)
This line will be open from Monday 24 June - Friday 12 July 2002.
Hours of operation:
10.00 - 12.00 and 15.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday only

Journey planning
Disabled visitors to Manchester may wish to plan their journeys ahead of time by phoning the GMPTE information line on 0161 228 7811 (also minicom)
If you are planning to travel to Manchester by train and would like assistance for your journey, telephone Virgin Trains Journey Care on 08457 44 33 66 (minicom: 08457 44 33 67)

Locations of Blue Badge parking at Games venues
Marathon, Albert Square - Tib Lane & St. Peter's Square
Manchester Aquatics Centre - Booth Street East & multi-storey car park
Belle Vue Regional Hockey Centre - Belle Vue access via Kirkmanshulme Lane
National Shooting Centre, Bisley - National Shooting Centre, Bisley
Bolton Arena - Reebok Stadium, Directors car park
G-MEX / MICC - Windmill Street / Museum Street
MEN Arena - Arena car park
Rivington Park, time trials, mountain bike & road races - Green Lane Estate
Salford Quays, triathlon & race walks - Harbour City
National Cycling Centre - National Cycling Centre
Forum Centre, Wythenshawe - Ainley Road
Sportcity - Northern Car Park


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