ACCESSIBILITY

Our Accessibility Promise:

As part of the NEC Group, and one of the country’s premier venues, Resorts World Arena is committed to providing accessible facilities and inclusive experiences to all our customers.

 

We are working hard to remove barriers and regularly consult, and work with organisations such as Attitude is Everything, AccessAble, Nimbus Disability, Performance Interpreting and Vocal Eyes to name a few, to constantly review and make improvements to our service.

Below you can find specific information on access, booking tickets, travel, arrival, medical requirements and special arrangements to name a few…

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Attitude is Everything

Attitude is Everything is a charitable organisation who work with audiences, venues, artists and the music industry generally to help improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music. We currently hold the Silver status of their Charter of Best Practice.
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AccessAble

We also work closely with AccessAble who publish detailed access guides of buildings, including photos, to help people plan their visits. Access guides for Resorts World Arena can be found through the button below.
Venue / Access Information
Booking Tickets
Travel & Arrival Information
Accessible Parking
Toilets / Changing Places
Medical Facilities and Assistance
Use of Walking Aids in the Arena Bowl
Special Arrangements
Assistance / Guide Dogs
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Other Information

Getting Around

Resorts World Arena is  fully accessible for people with physical and sensory disabilities,  with 2 accessible entrances, flat floor and ramped access throughout and lifts to hospitality areas and the Show Deck.   We also have lowered counters at Box Office and Catering and Merchandise units. 

Please see layout plan here to see locations of our accessible entrances and lifts.

For detailed information and photos of all areas of the venue please visit our access guides on AccessAble.

 

Accessible Seating

Raised accessible platforms with ramped access are located on the floor either side of the Arena bowl for customers in wheelchairs /mobility scooters or those unable to navigate steps, along with their essential companions.

We also have various ambulant seats in the terracing throughout the venue for customers who have access requirements but do not have a physical disability requiring them to be on one of the platforms. These can include hidden disabilities and visual/hearing impairments. 

Please note that while these seats are usually at the ends of rows close to an exit, at Resorts World Birmingham this still does mean there are stairs to negotiate. You should also note that these seats are not suitable for anyone who struggles to stand for any period of time should people in front chose to stand/dance and to let people in and out of the rest of the row.

Please note - for Health and Safety reasons we are unable to allow wheelchair users onto the Arena floor during standing concerts.

Online

We are proud that, along with our sister venue, Arena Birmingham, and in collaboration with our own ticketing agency, The Ticket Factory, that we were the first Arenas in the country to offer online accessible ticket booking for our deaf and disabled customers.


We are able to facilitate this by running our own free of charge Access Requirements Register in collaboration with Nimbus Disability, who operate the national Access Card.


When you register, they will handle all of your information securely and safely without us ever having to see the detail behind why you need accessible seating options.


Once you have registered, Nimbus will provide you with a unique code which you can then use to link your access needs into The Ticket Factory booking system. This will then open up accessible seating options for you to book online as well as make necessary arrangements should you qualify for a free essential companion ticket, specific to your requirements.


For more details of how to register, please visit The Ticket Factory website here.

By Phone

The Ticket Factory also operates a free disabled ticket booking line 0800 640 5001 (+44 121 7966100 from outside the UK – chargeable). Our lines are open 9am to 7pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 5pm (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays).

However you choose to travel to Resorts World Arena, please check your tickets for the doors open time, and arrive in plenty of time. The Arena and surrounding area can be extremely busy before the start of a concert or event.

For general information on location of the Arena, please see our Getting Here page.

 

Arriving by Train

If travelling by train, alight at Birmingham International Railway Station. Access to Resorts World Arena is via the NEC across the bridge-link. Follow the directional signage.  There is both lift and ramped access through the NEC.

The route from the train station to the Arena is approximately 800m – see walking distance map here.

 

Entry to the Arena

We have 2 accessible entrances for customers with access requirements.  One next to the Box Office (open from Forum open time) and one next to the Lakeside Hospitality Entrance (open from Arena open time).  See layout plan here for locations.

Please note that normal security checks will take place at these entrances.

 

Queuing

If you need early access or assistance before the doors open time, because your disability means you are unable to queue, we will do what we can to assist. Please speak to a member of staff and they will either arrange priority entry if feasible or some seating for you.

Accessible Parking

The NEC site (including Resorts World Arena) has designated car park spaces for visitors with disabilities.

On arrival at the NEC site, please follow the signage for Arena Disabled Parking.  In addition, Traffic Officers will direct you to the most convenient parking area.

Available parking for Blue Badge holders (please note badge holder must be present):

  • For the majority of Arena events, wider space parking is available next to the Arena in South 1 car park on a first come, first served basis (regardless of whether you have pre-paid or not). This car park is a 20 – 50m maximum walk to/from the Box Office Accessible Entrance.
  • If/once the Arena disabled parking area is full, customers will be directed to the overspill area in the South car parks which is approx 100m-250m walk to/from the Box Office Accessible Entrance.
  • Additional parking is also available in the East car parks, and these are serviced by free shuttle buses which are accessible to wheelchair users with a drop-off / pick-up point in front of the Arena Lakeside Accessible entrance (open from Doors Open time on your ticket).

The service charge for all Arena car parking (including blue badge holders) is £12 per vehicle, if you turn up and pay. Payment machines are available inside the Arena and just outside the Box Office, which both take cash and card.

You can pre-pay for parking now for £10, using our online payment system here.

Take a look at our Walking Distance Map to find your way to Resorts World Arena once you've parked. Finger post signage will direct you.

(Please note that allocated parking for blue badge holders may on occasion be different for some events – always follow the signage on site).

 

Drop-off/Pick-up

If you are being dropped off and have your Blue Badge with you, please show this to the Traffic Officers and they will help you get as close to the Arena as possible.

Safety is of paramount importance and depending on how busy the event and site are at the end, it may not always be feasible for you to be picked up from where you were dropped off.  In these circumstances, pick-up vehicles should follow the signage to the general pick up area which is usually in the South car parks, approx 100-250m from the Arena main entrance. Please sure you have a method of communicating with those picking you up.

Toilets

Resorts World Arena has 9 public, stand-alone, unisex accessible toilets for any customer with access requirements. These are located in the Forum Live and at the rear of Blocks 7, 11 and 15 in the Arena, all of which are controlled by the use of a RADAR key. Please speak to one of the stewards in the area for the use of a RADAR key if you do not have one with you.

There are also unisex accessible/ambulant toilets in all our hospitality areas.

There are larger ambulant toilets located within all of the single sex toilets throughout the building, plus more within our hospitality areas, which do not require a RADAR key. These generally have outward opening doors and grab rails.  Some have their own sinks and some have baby changing facilities too.

Changing Places

In addition to the accessible toilet provision, Resorts World Arena can also boast a Changing Places toilet facility which can be found at the rear of Block 12.

This facility meets the needs of people with multiple and complex disabilities who have one or more carers with, and assisting them, by providing extra features and more space.

Features include :

  • Height adjustable, adult sized changing bench
  • Ceiling hoist system to lift people between wheelchairs and the toilet/changing bench
  • Automatic wash/dry, centrally located toilet
  • Height adjustable washbasin
  • RADAR key operated door

(Please note - for Health & Safety reasons, we do not provide support slings for the ceiling hoist system.  Customers are asked to bring their own).

Medical Facilities

There is a Medical Centre at the rear of Block 1 in the Arena.  Qualified paramedic staff are on duty when Resorts World Arena is open for an event.

In a medical emergency, please notify a member of staffwho will assist you in either getting you to the Medical Centre or calling for a paramedic.

 

Visitors with Medical Conditions

If you have a medical condition that requires you to bring in equipment in a bag which contravenes our security bag policy or food or soft drinks which you need to manage your condition, please access the building via either of the Accessible Entrances and speak to the members of staff there.  Our staff understand these requirements and will do what they can to assist.

Use of Walking Aids in the Arena Bowl

If you have a seated ticket and have a permanent condition that requires the use of a walking aid (crutches or walking sticks), but are able to negotiate steps then you are permitted to take these to your seat.  We would ask though that you store them/it under the seats so as not to cause an obstruction or trip hazard.

Please note that we are unable to accommodate persons with a leg/foot in a cast or full support into seating blocks regardless of whether a walking aid is used or not.  This is for safety reasons in a potential evacuation situation.  In these circumstances, you should contact the box office on 0800 6405001 prior to the event so you can be re-seated onto one of our accessible platforms.  Re-seating is subject to availability and unfortunately cannot always be guaranteed.

We do permit the use of walking aids (crutches or walking sticks) on a standing floor, but we ask that you be mindful of your surroundings at all times so as not to cause discomfort/injury to yourself or those around you.

While crutches and walking sticks are ok, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate wheelchairs/scooters, walking frames or rollators in seating areas or on a standing floor due to safety reasons in a potential evacuation situation.  If you use one of these, then you will need to purchase tickets on one of our accessible platforms.

Hearing Assistance System
We operate a radio frequency analogue hearing system which covers 100% of the Arena bowl, which means you can book any seat or stand anywhere on the floor and still receive great sound quality.
Customers wishing to use the system can do so free of charge and should speak to a member of Security on arrival at the Arena. We will then book out a receiver pack with lanyard and an earphone headset which plugs into the receiver. Alternatively, if you use a telecoil hearing aid, we can supply a personal neck loop which then plugs into the receiver to enhance the sound through your own hearing aid.

British Sign Language Interpreted Events / Audio Description

Where we can, we help facilitate these services when requested at least 8 weeks in advance of an event (subject to availability). If you have a request/query then please use the pre-event Contact Us details below.

Assistance / Guide Dogs

Specially trained Assistance and Guide dogs are welcome in the Arena.

We would recommend that dogs are not taken into the bowl for loud events and as such we are happy to look after your dog for you in a safe and secure environment.  We have a designated area with bedding and water bowls and staff will take them outside for comfort breaks at regular intervals.  Simply speak to a member of Security staff on arrival.

Customers who need their dog with them at all times, we would ask to notify us of their requirements at the time of booking.  Dogs are only allowed within certain seating areas within the arena bowl, for the welfare of the dogs, other customers and to maintain safe venue evacuation routes, should they be required.

Please ensure that your dog is either identifiable as a trained assistance/guide dog or that you can provide the necessary training paperwork for them.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is hugely important to us at Resorts World Arena and we want everyone to feel welcome, safe and comfortable when attending an event here.


We are already looking after our employees through a range of methods, and it’s just as important to us that we look after those visiting too, where we can.

We are in the process of training a selection of staff as Mental Health First Aiders to offer support to anyone needing it during a visit to one of our events and we have other initiatives planned – watch this space!

We appreciate that an Arena / Concert environment (as with all crowded spaces) can be overwhelming. So, if you or any friend/family member needs any support or time out during a visit to the Arena, please do make sure you speak to a member of staff.

Wheelchairs

If you need a wheelchair and have your own or can borrow one, we recommend that you bring it with you.
We only have a very limited number of manual wheelchairs available for use in the venue which are available from entrance doors on a first come, first served basis. Please speak to a member of our Security staff on arrival for assistance.


Please note that our wheelchairs are for use inside the venue only and cannot be taken to car parks/train station/taxi rank etc. The intended use of the wheelchairs is as a shuttle service to your seat from the entrance door and back again. Unfortunately, we cannot allow customers to keep our wheelchairs for the duration of the event.

If you bring your own wheelchair/scooter please make sure you have booked tickets on one of our accessible platforms.  We only have limited space to store any wheelchairs/scooters if you have booked standard/ambulant seats.

 

Strobe Lighting / Special Effects

Many concerts/events at Resorts World Arena use strobe lighting and pyrotechnics.  Often we will not know about this until the day of the event. Where we can we will advise of such special effects by way of signage on our screens throughout the building. If you have any concerns, then please speak to a steward who will be able to assist with further information about their use

 

Sunflower Lanyard Scheme

Resorts World Arena is proud to support the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme for people with hidden disabilities.  Our staff have been briefed to recognise the lanyard and to offer assistance should it be required.

  • Venue / Access Information

    Getting Around

    Resorts World Arena is  fully accessible for people with physical and sensory disabilities,  with 2 accessible entrances, flat floor and ramped access throughout and lifts to hospitality areas and the Show Deck.   We also have lowered counters at Box Office and Catering and Merchandise units. 

    Please see layout plan here to see locations of our accessible entrances and lifts.

    For detailed information and photos of all areas of the venue please visit our access guides on AccessAble.

     

    Accessible Seating

    Raised accessible platforms with ramped access are located on the floor either side of the Arena bowl for customers in wheelchairs /mobility scooters or those unable to navigate steps, along with their essential companions.

    We also have various ambulant seats in the terracing throughout the venue for customers who have access requirements but do not have a physical disability requiring them to be on one of the platforms. These can include hidden disabilities and visual/hearing impairments. 

    Please note that while these seats are usually at the ends of rows close to an exit, at Resorts World Birmingham this still does mean there are stairs to negotiate. You should also note that these seats are not suitable for anyone who struggles to stand for any period of time should people in front chose to stand/dance and to let people in and out of the rest of the row.

    Please note - for Health and Safety reasons we are unable to allow wheelchair users onto the Arena floor during standing concerts.

  • Booking Tickets

    Online

    We are proud that, along with our sister venue, Arena Birmingham, and in collaboration with our own ticketing agency, The Ticket Factory, that we were the first Arenas in the country to offer online accessible ticket booking for our deaf and disabled customers.


    We are able to facilitate this by running our own free of charge Access Requirements Register in collaboration with Nimbus Disability, who operate the national Access Card.


    When you register, they will handle all of your information securely and safely without us ever having to see the detail behind why you need accessible seating options.


    Once you have registered, Nimbus will provide you with a unique code which you can then use to link your access needs into The Ticket Factory booking system. This will then open up accessible seating options for you to book online as well as make necessary arrangements should you qualify for a free essential companion ticket, specific to your requirements.


    For more details of how to register, please visit The Ticket Factory website here.

    By Phone

    The Ticket Factory also operates a free disabled ticket booking line 0800 640 5001 (+44 121 7966100 from outside the UK – chargeable). Our lines are open 9am to 7pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 5pm (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays).

  • Travel & Arrival Information

    However you choose to travel to Resorts World Arena, please check your tickets for the doors open time, and arrive in plenty of time. The Arena and surrounding area can be extremely busy before the start of a concert or event.

    For general information on location of the Arena, please see our Getting Here page.

     

    Arriving by Train

    If travelling by train, alight at Birmingham International Railway Station. Access to Resorts World Arena is via the NEC across the bridge-link. Follow the directional signage.  There is both lift and ramped access through the NEC.

    The route from the train station to the Arena is approximately 800m – see walking distance map here.

     

    Entry to the Arena

    We have 2 accessible entrances for customers with access requirements.  One next to the Box Office (open from Forum open time) and one next to the Lakeside Hospitality Entrance (open from Arena open time).  See layout plan here for locations.

    Please note that normal security checks will take place at these entrances.

     

    Queuing

    If you need early access or assistance before the doors open time, because your disability means you are unable to queue, we will do what we can to assist. Please speak to a member of staff and they will either arrange priority entry if feasible or some seating for you.

  • Accessible Parking

    Accessible Parking

    The NEC site (including Resorts World Arena) has designated car park spaces for visitors with disabilities.

    On arrival at the NEC site, please follow the signage for Arena Disabled Parking.  In addition, Traffic Officers will direct you to the most convenient parking area.

    Available parking for Blue Badge holders (please note badge holder must be present):

    • For the majority of Arena events, wider space parking is available next to the Arena in South 1 car park on a first come, first served basis (regardless of whether you have pre-paid or not). This car park is a 20 – 50m maximum walk to/from the Box Office Accessible Entrance.
    • If/once the Arena disabled parking area is full, customers will be directed to the overspill area in the South car parks which is approx 100m-250m walk to/from the Box Office Accessible Entrance.
    • Additional parking is also available in the East car parks, and these are serviced by free shuttle buses which are accessible to wheelchair users with a drop-off / pick-up point in front of the Arena Lakeside Accessible entrance (open from Doors Open time on your ticket).

    The service charge for all Arena car parking (including blue badge holders) is £12 per vehicle, if you turn up and pay. Payment machines are available inside the Arena and just outside the Box Office, which both take cash and card.

    You can pre-pay for parking now for £10, using our online payment system here.

    Take a look at our Walking Distance Map to find your way to Resorts World Arena once you've parked. Finger post signage will direct you.

    (Please note that allocated parking for blue badge holders may on occasion be different for some events – always follow the signage on site).

     

    Drop-off/Pick-up

    If you are being dropped off and have your Blue Badge with you, please show this to the Traffic Officers and they will help you get as close to the Arena as possible.

    Safety is of paramount importance and depending on how busy the event and site are at the end, it may not always be feasible for you to be picked up from where you were dropped off.  In these circumstances, pick-up vehicles should follow the signage to the general pick up area which is usually in the South car parks, approx 100-250m from the Arena main entrance. Please sure you have a method of communicating with those picking you up.

  • Toilets / Changing Places

    Toilets

    Resorts World Arena has 9 public, stand-alone, unisex accessible toilets for any customer with access requirements. These are located in the Forum Live and at the rear of Blocks 7, 11 and 15 in the Arena, all of which are controlled by the use of a RADAR key. Please speak to one of the stewards in the area for the use of a RADAR key if you do not have one with you.

    There are also unisex accessible/ambulant toilets in all our hospitality areas.

    There are larger ambulant toilets located within all of the single sex toilets throughout the building, plus more within our hospitality areas, which do not require a RADAR key. These generally have outward opening doors and grab rails.  Some have their own sinks and some have baby changing facilities too.

    Changing Places

    In addition to the accessible toilet provision, Resorts World Arena can also boast a Changing Places toilet facility which can be found at the rear of Block 12.

    This facility meets the needs of people with multiple and complex disabilities who have one or more carers with, and assisting them, by providing extra features and more space.

    Features include :

    • Height adjustable, adult sized changing bench
    • Ceiling hoist system to lift people between wheelchairs and the toilet/changing bench
    • Automatic wash/dry, centrally located toilet
    • Height adjustable washbasin
    • RADAR key operated door

    (Please note - for Health & Safety reasons, we do not provide support slings for the ceiling hoist system.  Customers are asked to bring their own).

  • Medical Facilities and Assistance

    Medical Facilities

    There is a Medical Centre at the rear of Block 1 in the Arena.  Qualified paramedic staff are on duty when Resorts World Arena is open for an event.

    In a medical emergency, please notify a member of staffwho will assist you in either getting you to the Medical Centre or calling for a paramedic.

     

    Visitors with Medical Conditions

    If you have a medical condition that requires you to bring in equipment in a bag which contravenes our security bag policy or food or soft drinks which you need to manage your condition, please access the building via either of the Accessible Entrances and speak to the members of staff there.  Our staff understand these requirements and will do what they can to assist.

  • Use of Walking Aids in the Arena Bowl

    Use of Walking Aids in the Arena Bowl

    If you have a seated ticket and have a permanent condition that requires the use of a walking aid (crutches or walking sticks), but are able to negotiate steps then you are permitted to take these to your seat.  We would ask though that you store them/it under the seats so as not to cause an obstruction or trip hazard.

    Please note that we are unable to accommodate persons with a leg/foot in a cast or full support into seating blocks regardless of whether a walking aid is used or not.  This is for safety reasons in a potential evacuation situation.  In these circumstances, you should contact the box office on 0800 6405001 prior to the event so you can be re-seated onto one of our accessible platforms.  Re-seating is subject to availability and unfortunately cannot always be guaranteed.

    We do permit the use of walking aids (crutches or walking sticks) on a standing floor, but we ask that you be mindful of your surroundings at all times so as not to cause discomfort/injury to yourself or those around you.

    While crutches and walking sticks are ok, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate wheelchairs/scooters, walking frames or rollators in seating areas or on a standing floor due to safety reasons in a potential evacuation situation.  If you use one of these, then you will need to purchase tickets on one of our accessible platforms.

  • Special Arrangements

    Hearing Assistance System
    We operate a radio frequency analogue hearing system which covers 100% of the Arena bowl, which means you can book any seat or stand anywhere on the floor and still receive great sound quality.
    Customers wishing to use the system can do so free of charge and should speak to a member of Security on arrival at the Arena. We will then book out a receiver pack with lanyard and an earphone headset which plugs into the receiver. Alternatively, if you use a telecoil hearing aid, we can supply a personal neck loop which then plugs into the receiver to enhance the sound through your own hearing aid.

    British Sign Language Interpreted Events / Audio Description

    Where we can, we help facilitate these services when requested at least 8 weeks in advance of an event (subject to availability). If you have a request/query then please use the pre-event Contact Us details below.

  • Assistance / Guide Dogs

    Assistance / Guide Dogs

    Specially trained Assistance and Guide dogs are welcome in the Arena.

    We would recommend that dogs are not taken into the bowl for loud events and as such we are happy to look after your dog for you in a safe and secure environment.  We have a designated area with bedding and water bowls and staff will take them outside for comfort breaks at regular intervals.  Simply speak to a member of Security staff on arrival.

    Customers who need their dog with them at all times, we would ask to notify us of their requirements at the time of booking.  Dogs are only allowed within certain seating areas within the arena bowl, for the welfare of the dogs, other customers and to maintain safe venue evacuation routes, should they be required.

    Please ensure that your dog is either identifiable as a trained assistance/guide dog or that you can provide the necessary training paperwork for them.

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing

    Mental Health & Wellbeing

    Mental health and wellbeing is hugely important to us at Resorts World Arena and we want everyone to feel welcome, safe and comfortable when attending an event here.


    We are already looking after our employees through a range of methods, and it’s just as important to us that we look after those visiting too, where we can.

    We are in the process of training a selection of staff as Mental Health First Aiders to offer support to anyone needing it during a visit to one of our events and we have other initiatives planned – watch this space!

    We appreciate that an Arena / Concert environment (as with all crowded spaces) can be overwhelming. So, if you or any friend/family member needs any support or time out during a visit to the Arena, please do make sure you speak to a member of staff.

  • Other Information

    Wheelchairs

    If you need a wheelchair and have your own or can borrow one, we recommend that you bring it with you.
    We only have a very limited number of manual wheelchairs available for use in the venue which are available from entrance doors on a first come, first served basis. Please speak to a member of our Security staff on arrival for assistance.


    Please note that our wheelchairs are for use inside the venue only and cannot be taken to car parks/train station/taxi rank etc. The intended use of the wheelchairs is as a shuttle service to your seat from the entrance door and back again. Unfortunately, we cannot allow customers to keep our wheelchairs for the duration of the event.

    If you bring your own wheelchair/scooter please make sure you have booked tickets on one of our accessible platforms.  We only have limited space to store any wheelchairs/scooters if you have booked standard/ambulant seats.

     

    Strobe Lighting / Special Effects

    Many concerts/events at Resorts World Arena use strobe lighting and pyrotechnics.  Often we will not know about this until the day of the event. Where we can we will advise of such special effects by way of signage on our screens throughout the building. If you have any concerns, then please speak to a steward who will be able to assist with further information about their use

     

    Sunflower Lanyard Scheme

    Resorts World Arena is proud to support the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme for people with hidden disabilities.  Our staff have been briefed to recognise the lanyard and to offer assistance should it be required.

Contact Us

Pre-Event

If you cannot find the answer to any query you may have on this page, please complete and submit the form here or alternatively call the Disabled Booking line on 0800 640 5001.


During An Event

If you have any queries or need assistance during your visit, please speak to a member of staff who will able to help. Should you need further assistance, please ask to speak to the Duty Manager.


Post-Event

We welcome feedback of any kind as we are constantly looking to improve our services. You can do this by emailing [email protected] or writing to:
Resorts World Arena
Birmingham
B40 1NT

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Frequently Asked Questions

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