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 which accommodates three supporters plus three personal assistants.
The Shippey Campaign has aimed to take the Sensory Room nationwide, building on the first such room at the home of the Black Cats.
Following the success of the Nathan Shippey Sensory Room and due to popular demand a second sensory room was installed at the Stadium of Light providing a further five places for supporters and five personal assistants. Tickets for the Sunderland AFC Sensory Room are available to purchase on a game by game basis directly from the Ticket Office.
Any supporter wishing to access the sensory room for a fixture should contact the Ticket Office on 0191 551 5004 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org once the fixture is on general sale, which is usually 4 – 6 weeks before the match.
Tickets are priced £7.50 for under 16's and £20 for adult. The personal assistant receives a ticket free of charge to accompany the supporter.