The Philadelphia Flyers are committed to creating an inclusive and entertaining experience for all fans, which is why the hockey club will continue their tradition of transforming the arena's Hall of Fame Room into a sensory-friendly lounge for fans with autism. Each year, the hockey club offers the lounge during their Autism Awareness night, but this season, the team will be expanding their efforts to offer the lounge during a select home game each month of the regular season.
"The Flyers and Wells Fargo Center strive to create an inclusive entertainment experience so that every guest that walks through our doors feels welcome no matter their tastes, preferences or needs," said Valerie Camillo, President of Business Operations, Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center.
"This lounge ensures that our sensory-sensitive guests feel comfortable and can enjoy a Flyers game, while still having a quiet space to go if the game-time action gets too overwhelming."
The sensory lounge will include noise-reducing headphones, beanbag chairs, coloring books, Playdough, and family-friendly games. The Flyers game will also stream on the TVs in the lounge so that fans don't miss any of the action while taking some time away from the noise of the crowd.
In addition to the sensory-friendly activities, Lullaby, a service companion dog specially trained to provide assistance to those on the autism spectrum, will be in the lounge to provide her services during each of the designated home games.
The sensory-friendly lounge will be available during the following Flyers home games:
- Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Washington Capitals
- Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Arizona Coyotes
- Monday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Boston Bruins
- Monday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Florida Panthers
- Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. - vs. St. Louis Blues
- Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. - vs. Nashville Predators
During these games, the Flyers will also be providing complimentary tickets to a number of non-profit autism organizations through their new Community Ticket Grant Program.
Fans looking to utilize the lounge on these designated game nights can visit Guest Services to receive a wristband that will grant them access to the space, which is located on the arena's Club Level.
Additionally, the Wells Fargo Center is also equipped with complimentary sensory kits that can be rented out for all events at the arena year-round. These kits allow those with sensory sensitivity to regulate at their seats, while still participating in the action and include noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads. All of Wells Fargo Center's guest services employees have also been professionally trained on how to assist guests with sensory needs.