Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena create new sensory room
Attending a professional sporting event is truly a memorable experience. Whether you go alone, with friends, or with your significant other, it’s likely you will never forget the sights and sounds of the arena.
However, some people, such as those who suffer from autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other sensory disabilities, may struggle with the overload of lights and loud music at sporting events. Now, it seems there may be a solution.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Quicken Loans Arena, and KultureCity have teamed up to create “The Quiet Room,” a one-of-a-kind space, designed specifically to meet the needs of those who have any of the aforementioned medical afflictions.
According to Roosevelt Leftwich of Fox 8 News in Cleveland, KultureCity worked with the staff at The Q, training them to recognize anyone who might suffer from sensory overloads at their events.
The Quiet Room features reduced lighting, soft seating places, “sensory bags,” and textures that are designed to sooth those who might become anxious in a crowded setting.
Dr. Julian Maha, director of KultureCity, spoke to Fox 8 News about some of the items included in the sensory bags.
“What comes in them are the noise-canceling headphones,” Dr. Maha said. “These sort of mitigate the noise. Also, there are fidget tools that you can manipulate in your hand so that can reduce stress in a stressful situation.”
There will be no tickets sold for The Quiet Room, as it is meant for those who are already experiencing problems at the arena. The sensory bags will be available at the guest services office at The Q, and are to be returned at the end of events.
Hopefully, other stadiums and arenas across the nation will create spaces like The Quiet Room for their fans. Besides, everyone, no matter their medical disposition, should have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite team in a live setting.