Sensory-Friendly Spaces for Fans at Arenas and Stadiums

Sensory-Friendly Spaces for Fans at Arenas and Stadiums

Sensory-Friendly Spaces for Fans at Arenas and Stadiums

Sensory-Friendly Spaces for Fans at Arenas and Stadiums

The Future of Entertainment is Inclusive

While many people look forward to the excitement and energy that come with live arena events, people with sensory processing disorders like autism spectrum disorder, PTSD, Down syndrome, and a variety of other related bio-neurological conditions can become overstimulated by the intensity and variety of the stimuli during a live event. The leaders at Bon Secours Wellness Arena (BSWA) in Greenville, SC, recognized the inadvertent exclusion of sensory-sensitive people, so they brought in our team at McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture to design a sensory suite within their arena.

Cary Perkins, Principal and our Director of Design Engagement recently wrote an article about the design and purpose of the sensory suite at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Her article, which appeared in Sports Destination Management, sheds light on the need to accommodate sensory-sensitive individuals at sporting events and concerts. Read more here about how we accomplished this with the sensory suite design at BSWA.

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If you’re interested in designing a sensory suite for your stadium, theatre, or other facility, contact Cary today!

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Cary Perkins

AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Director of Design Engagement

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