At a meeting of the club’s board last week, a triple-phased series of works was agreed. Construction will begin this summer, and further construction is scheduled for the summers of 2024 and 2025. The works will provide Ibrox with enhanced disabled facilities for disabled attendees.
The board has also reaffirmed its intention to improve facilities for all supporters, with a phased programme of concourse and toilet refurbishment also under review.
Rangers says the upgrades will make Ibrox the most accessible of any stadium in Scotland and become one of the most accessible sports arenas in Europe. The summer periods have been chosen to ensure regular season matches are not disrupted by this essential work.
This investment will increase the number of spaces for wheelchair users to 270, while 700 general access seats will also be added. Upon completion, the capacity of Ibrox will be in excess of 51,500.
Phase one will commence in the next few weeks and will include key structural works in the Broomloan and Copland Stands, including extensions to the concourses to create space for additional accessible toilets, additional accessible kiosk points, and alterations for the installation of lifts to the accessible platforms.
Phase two will be undertaken during the 2024 close season. Season ticket holders in the Broomloan and Copland stands affected by this essential work will be consulted throughout the process and alternative seating will be identified. This work will include the creation of new platforms to accommodate new wheelchair spaces, the construction of cantilevers to house new, general access seating.
Phase three will then be undertaken in the close season of 2025, with the Sandy Jardine Stand becoming the focus. This phase will see the installation of additional, accessible seating within the Sandy Jardine stand. This will involve the loss of some seats, however Rangers say this will be mitigated with additional seating being installed in the Broomloan and Copland Stands.
Rangers Disability Access Officer, John Spiers, said, “The club are aware our current offering for disabled supporters is not good enough for a club of our standing, however, these works will ensure that Rangers will provide the highest standard of accessibility for our disabled supporters.”