FIFA World Cup 2018 Accessibility

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On Friday 1st June, one of the OOVIRT team set out to Moscow to learn more about how accessible the football World Cup in Russia will be. Be sure to follow our findings on social media and this post will be updated once we put together our findings.

We would welcome any questions and comments via our contact page on your thoughts on accessibility in football in general and for the 2018 World Cup.

 

Part 1

Not everyone will be able to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but extensive media coverage will broadcast the event to every eagerly watching nation, helping ensure the event can be accessed and enjoyed by the majority of fans.

The FIFA World Cup is the most viewed sporting event in the world which means, along with fans, there is huge demand from media companies and journalists to access the event.

According to reports, more than 5,000 journalists from across the globe will be descending on Russia to follow the tournament.

A press centre for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow began work on June 4, while press centres in 10 other cities where the games will take place are set to open on June 13, the press service of Sputnik said.

Media centres are also being set-up for the different countries as seen below on the plaza adjacent to the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral and Zaryadye Park.

What else could be done to make media coverage and the tournament more accessible? Let us know via our contact page.

 

Part 2 – At the stadiums

Has enough accessibility work be done for the World Cup in Russia?

If not, what more should be done?

Who are the exemplars in providing an accessible & inclusive match day experience?

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