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Slam Dunk for Accessibility at Emirates Arena | Glasgow Rocks Basketball Match

I’ve never been one to follow sports. Apart from a phase I went through during my younger years when I had a crush on Ryan Giggs and thought I was a huge Man United fan. Please don’t judge. But moving on from that I’ve never really been a supporter of any sport. I watched some matches on TV and went to a few matches of my hometown football team during my Ryan Giggs days. I also went to an LA Dodgers baseball game during a trip to LA a few years ago. We had no clue what was going on, but we had amazing seats and the weather was pretty awesome so it was all good.

Photo grid. Photo on the left is Emma as a young girl posing next to Ryan Giggs. Photo on the right is the view Emma had from the accessible seats at LA Dodgers Baseball stadium.The embarrassing evidence of my Ryan Giggs crush is pictured above. Spoiler: I didn’t actually meet Ryan Giggs. The photo was taken in Blackpool in one of those photo booths where you get to pick what famous person you want your photo taken with. The other photo is our view from the accessible seats at the LA Dodgers baseball game.

Euan’s Guide Ambassador Meet-Up

Last Sunday, 22nd April, I went to my first ever basketball game at Emirates Arena to watch Glasgow Rocks vs Newcastle Eagles. We were invited along to the game by my friends at Euan’s Guide. It was a night for the Euan’s Guide team and Ambassadors to meet up and enjoy a night together. I’ve gotta say, it was such a good night. I went to the game not knowing anything about basketball but came away with a little understanding thanks to my fellow Ambassadors. Thanks guys for explaining it to me. The photo below is all of us at the end of the basketball match.

Euan's Guide Team and Ambassadors at the Glasgow Rocks Basketball Match at Emirates Arena: wheelchair access at Emirates ArenaGlasgow Rocks Basketball Match at Emirates Arena

Tip-off was at 5pm, so we were aiming to arrive at Emirates Arena for around 4pm to give us plenty of time. We got held up a little so didn’t arrive until 20 minutes before tip-off, but we still managed to get seated in time.

Emma sitting in her wheelchair outside the entrance of the Emirates Arena before the Glasgow Rocks Basketball Match: wheelchair access at Emirates ArenaWheelchair Access At Emirates Arena

Since we arrived a little later all the accessible parking bays were taken, but the car park attendant instructed us to park in the section adjacent which was still pretty close to the main entrance. We quickly got parked and started making our way towards the building. Then all of a sudden I heard a familiar voice call my name. As I looked up I could see it was the awesome Ryan (Euan’s Guide Ambassador Network Manager) on the upper level waving at us and pointing to the external lift. The wheelchair accessible lift is on the left-hand side of the entrance and it will take you up to level 3. There is a yellow sign indicating where the lift is, so I recommend looking up slightly and you should be able to see it.

Emma and Ryan entering the basketball viewing arena in their wheelchairs : wheelchair access at Emirates ArenaRyan met us as we exited the lift and lead us through the foyer and into the main arena where we got settled into our wheelchair accessible seats. The seats were great and offer a good view of the basketball court. I’m not sure how many accessible spaces there are, but it looks like they are all the way around the level as you enter. Each wheelchair space has a seat next to it for a companion. There is also an accessible toilet nearby and another one out in the foyer, which I had a little peek inside. I was pleased to see it was a good size inside and had space for a wheelchair and companion.

View of the Glasgow Rocks basketball court from the wheelchair accessible seats at Emirates Arena: wheelchair access at Emirates ArenaAccessible toilet at Emirates Arena basketball match: wheelchair access at Emirates ArenaGlasgow Rocks: Let’s Go!

Music was pumping and the audience was getting more hyped up. Then the players began to be introduced one by one. The atmosphere was electric. Cheerleaders. A mascot. Foam fingers. You name it. It was happening.

Glasgow Rocks cheerleaders on court dancing during Glasgow Rocks vs Newcastle Eagles basketball match at Emirates Arena Glasgow: wheelchair access at Emirates Arena Glasgow Rocks vs Newcastle Eagles basketball players on court at Emirates Arena Glasgow: wheelchair access at Emirates ArenaGlasgow Rocks won! Was there ever any doubt? They won 63-59. They play there final game of the season this Sunday 29th April at Emirates Arena.

I really enjoyed my first basketball game and Emirates Arena has great accessibility. It was also great to meet up with the rest of the Ambassadors. Some I have already met but others I had met for the first time, so it was really cool to get to know them. I’m already looking forward to the next Ambassador event so watch this space.

Have you been to the Emirates Arena before? Are you a basketball fan? What is your favourite sport?

Other Euan’s Guide trips I’ve taken you might also enjoy:
NorthLink Ferries: Crossing The North Sea In A Wheelchair Accessible Cabin
Glampotel Dundas Castle: Is Glamping really wheelchair accessible?

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Hello I’m Emma. My mission is to show you the possibilities of accessible travel through my travel guides, tips and reviews. I also share personal stories, live event reviews and more.

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