BOSTON (WHDH) – Agganis Arena at Boston University is cutting the ribbon on a special room, a safe haven for attendees who are overwhelmed by the lights and sounds of their live performances.
The university says the auditorium is the first of its kind for any sport or event in the Boston area.
“Due to the increased demand from public requests, we looked around, we got a little outside the box and we found an unused space, and turned it into a listening room,” he said. Kristopher Brassil, superintendent. of Agganis Arena.
The room is set away from the crowd, and features many calming design elements, including a rocking chair, bean bags, soft lighting and calming pictures. There is also a TV to broadcast the performances on stage. The space is also equipped with heavy-duty foot pedals and slide toys.
“We tried to make this space accessible to everyone,” said event manager Rebecca Reid. “Those with PTSD, fibromyalgia, Tourette’s, you name it, we want to be able to have access to these groups of individuals.”
Staff at Agganis Arena received training from the Asperger Autism Network, teaching them how to recognize and respond appropriately to guests with autism. .
“The room is great, it’s nice, it’s good, but we also need to have employees in the front of the house and we know exactly what to do when a situation arises,” said Reid. .
BU says this is a big step towards inclusion and a good way to make sure everyone can enjoy themselves.
“We want to make sure everyone has a good time – they feel safe, they feel comfortable, and if it’s a little extra work to provide that opportunity for this amazing group of people, we Everyone is happy,” Brazil said.
Any guest can use the auditorium, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
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