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Rookery Stand - Matchday Reception

Watford Football Club - Vicarage Road Stadium, Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0ER

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is a/are steward(s) trained in British Sign Language.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request, large print on request, different languages on request and audio on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the stadium/near by.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are not mobility aids available.
  • There are 2 stewards trained in BSL that are available on matchdays.
  • There is a Changing Places facility available in the stadium, located in the South West corner between the Rookery Stand and Graham Taylor Stand - Lower Tier.
    Supporters who are not seated in those areas who wish to use the facility should speak to one of the matchday disabled liaison officers.
  • Watford FC launched a set of Hidden Disability Cards during the 2019/20 season.
    The new addition is a non-mandatory card scheme, which will allow all supporters with a hidden disability to order a card containing messages relating to their particular needs, which can be given to any member of staff to enable supporters to access all of the disabled facilities.
    The scheme is something that a number of Premier League clubs have introduced and details will be shared with other clubs ahead of all away fixtures, so that they can also be used while following the Hornets up and down the country.
    Supporters wishing to apply for a card should email their name, Fan ID and details of which card or cards they would like, to [email protected] (opens in your mail app).
    The club may ask for supporters to send proof of eligibility in some cases.
    The cards available include:
    Please wait for me to sit down, in case I fall
    Please be patient, I have a hidden disability
    Please be patient, I am visually impaired
    Please be patient, I have difficulty in speaking
    Please face me and speak clearly, I lip read
    Please help me find my seat
    Please be patient, I have had a stroke
    Please be direct, I have autism
    Please count out my change with me
    Please scan my ticket for me
    Please be aware I have epilepsy
    Please speak slowly, I am hard of hearing.

Getting Here

Car Parking and Drop Off

Outer Concourse and Walkways

Opening Times

  • The Rookery Stand - Matchday Reception is open Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 17:00.
  • On matchdays the reception is open from 09:00 until 15 minutes after the final whistle.
  • Security are always present at reception.

Outside Access (Rookery Stand - Matchday Reception)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the outer wall of the Rookery Stand.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The height of the intercom is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Reception (Rookery Stand - Matchday Reception)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located immediately beyond the Rookery Stand - Matchday Reception Entrance.
    • The reception point is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Rookery Stand - Matchday Reception Entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The counter is placed in front of a plain background.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • The lowered section of the counter is at the recommended height of 76cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is laminate.
  • Reception Seating Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.