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and deplaning of passengers who are wheelchair users
or ambulant disabled. The Ambulift staff were very friendly and efficient and seemed well versed in dealing with disabled people. (their English was also better than my German. From the airport, we decided to try the local bus service to the hotel. The first bus drove off without letting us on (rude!), but the second driver went above and beyond to be as helpful as he could. The buses have room for more than one wheelchair user, which is fantastic as we picked another one up on the journey.
Our hotel was lovely, the room was accessible with a roll-in shower and shower seat. The staff spoke perfect English and were helpful. As we had plenty of time before the game, we decided to venture around the city and see the sights, Christmas Markets, which were within walking distance of the
hotel. Salzburg is a beautiful city with welcoming and helpful people. It’s certainly somewhere I would go back to. I have a power pack attached to my wheelchair, which means I don’t need to have someone push me the whole time, which does make life easier.
On to the game...
The club had arranged
shuttle buses to get us to the stadium, so we headed to the stadium about 2 hours before kick-off. On arrival, we were met by Liverpool accessibility stewards who we already know through attending home games. A really great idea from the club for us to have
a familiar face in an alien environment.
The Liverpool stewards had been to the stadium before the game and realised that where the away wheelchair users located, there was going to be an issue with
fans standing up so our view would be very restricted, so they had arranged for us to sit in with the home fans instead. The view wasn’t brilliant (I could only see one goal), but I could certainly see more than I have at past away games in the Premier League.
The Salzburg fans
helped create a fantastic atmosphere, and of course, Liverpool won 2-0.
After the game the stewards were fantastic, guiding us through the crowds at the stadium and helping us to get into a shuttle bus. We went back to the hotel and headed to the bar to celebrate the
win, chatting the night away with some lovely Austrian beer and a lovely German Liverpool fan.
‘European Away
Day’ top 3 tips:
• Speak to the club to see if they have any special
arrangements or advice on the destination or the stadium.
• Contact tourist information in the city you are planning to visit to check local disability information.
• Investigate travel and ensure you will be able to access the options available.
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