By Marzella Sigai
The Eagles partnered with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and nonprofit KultureCity in the offseason to build a state-of-the-art sensory room on a suite level inside the Linc to accommodate fans and families managing sensory challenges.
They became the first NFL team to create a fully dedicated sensory room inside their stadium. The room opened to the public on Aug. 4.
The Vikings and Jaguars also opened similar rooms last month. Several more NFL teams will be considered sensory-inclusive certified, meaning fans will have sensory bags available if they need them.
Sensory bags contain noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads.
The 500-square-foot room includes several activity boards, large building blocks, and no windows. The room was designed by medical professionals to ensure a quieter and more secure environment. The colors, lighting, and sound were carefully selected.
KultureCity has created more than 200 sensory inclusive venues in three countries. As part of the certification process, the Eagles had about 700 game-day and full-time employees receive training on how to recognize and help fans who might be experiencing a sensory overload situation. -AP NEWS