As the result of a partnership with KultureCity, Taco Bell Arena–home to Boise State University and Boise State Broncos–has become a sensory inclusive arena. The first certified sensory inclusive college arena in the United States, Taco Bell Arena will accommodate all guests and fans with a sensory need.
KultureCity is a non-profit recognized nationwide for using resources to effect change in the community for those with sensory needs. In the past year alone, KultureCity has created several sensory inclusive venues and events, including the NFL Super Bowl, NFL Pro-Bowl, about 19 NBA arenas, a growing number of NFL and MLB stadiums, as well as public facilities like zoos, science centers and aquariums across the nation.
The Sensory Inclusion Certification process entailed staff at the Taco Bell Arena being trained by medical professionals on how to assist guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Guests experiencing a sensory overload, will receive a Sensory Bag, equipped with: noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads.
Sensory sensitivities, or challenges with sensory regulation, are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation by noise, sound or crowded environments. “Because these stimuli are so prevalent at live events, it is extremely important to be able to mitigate some of the impact for sensory-sensitive guests” says Taco Bell Arena. With its new certification, the Taco Bell Arena is now better prepared to assist guests in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event.
“Being able to witness a large university make such an important and monumental change to it’s culture and community, in order to improve the lives of each of their community members, no matter their ability, is truly astonishing. Knowing that Boise State University is the first university to have an arena that is sensory inclusive leads the movement in higher education becoming inclusive for all.” Traci Johnson, Executive Director, KultureCity.