Sunderland AFC have worked with The Shippey Campaign to install a Sensory Viewing Room at the Stadium of Light.
Peter and Kate Shippey innovated the concept of Sensory Viewing Rooms in sporting stadia, after being inspired by their son, Nathan, who wanted to watch live football.
Like many others, Nathan has autism and as a consequence struggles with the noise and crowds, so needed an appropriate environment to watch a live match in.
As a result, the Nathan Shippey Sensory Room was opened on 15th August 2015 at the Stadium of Light.
It has space for three supporters, plus a parent or personal assistant each, and continues to benefit hundreds of families each season.
The Shippey Campaign has aimed to take the Sensory Room nationwide, building on the first such room at the home of the Black Cats.
Any supporter wishing to access the sensory room for a fixture should contact the Disability Liaison Officer on 0191 5515122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org once the fixture is on general sale, which is usually 4 – 6 weeks before the match.