SEATTLE (KING) — A sensory room at CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks will be open this season for fans with autism or sensory challenges.
The “A-OK Sensory Room” is located on the Southwest Field Plaza and will be open for all full stadium events, not just limited to football. The room will provide a safe and calming environment for fans that may feel overstimulated or overwhelmed during events and games.
Traci Schneider, wife of Seahawks General Manager, was the driving force behind the room.
Traci stated the room offers fans “a safe place to come to take a break, to get that calming environment amongst the chaos of a Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. Not only is it helping people with autism, but it is also assisting our fans with PTSD, with any sensory challenges that just merely need a break to be with us on game day.”
All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times to use the room, but otherwise there is no registration required for room use.
The Seahawks Women’s Association has previously provided toolkits with noise-canceling headphones, sensory toys, a game schedule and an identifier badge for fans with autism, which they still plan to provide along side the new sensory room.
What do you think of this new room? Should all stadiums provide a sensory room to help all of their fans to feel included?