The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities has recognised Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium as the world’s first age-friendly stadium. The venue achieved the designation after it undertook a process of change to ensure that older people can continue to enjoy the facility.
The stadium has improved its accessibility – including all access routes – added accessible seating and signage and has also committed to delivering staff training and discounted tickets for older fans.
Peter McKenna, Croke Park Stadium Director said: “We pride ourselves in setting high standards in the stadium – and indeed across the GAA – in everything we do and our newfound status as the first Age Friendly Stadium anywhere is a source of great pride to us.
“Age should not be a debarment to experiencing an enjoyable day in the stadium. To that end, we have worked with our partners in this project to commit to ensuring that some of our most cherished and more senior members of the organisation and visitors to the stadium can continue to enjoy great days out at the iconic arena that is Croke Park.”
The process to get Croke Park recognised as age-friendly is part of a strategy to ‘future proof’ Ireland’s largest venue. The inclusive developments in Croke Park Stadium are also designed to benefit not only GAA patrons visiting Croke Park for sports events, but also the wide cross-section of Irish society who attend conferences and events in the stadium throughout the year.