We are pleased to offer two courtesy plans (yellow and blue) to provide special parking and seating for guests with reduced mobility, limited stamina, sign language needs, medical concerns, or using a wheelchair, walker, or scooter.
For safety reasons, campus roads near the stadium are closed (except for campus buses) for Commencement and Convocation, so drivers cannot drop off passengers at stadium entrances. However, Accessibility Plans, available upon request, provide guests with the special arrangements needed.
The Yellow Plan is for guests with ANY of the following:
- Cannot climb 12 steps, or any stairs
- Needs chair with back support
- Bringing wheelchair, walker, scooter
- Unable to step on/off a bus
- Unsteady on feet, needs assistance
- Has vertigo or height fears
- Needs sign language interpreting
We urge guests with limited stamina or reduced mobility to bring a wheelchair to campus. Guests who don’t usually rely on a wheelchair, and may not even need one inside the stadium, may find they need one at some point during the long weekend on our large, hilly campus. Wheelchairs provide relief for strenuous walking distances from sidewalks to buildings or tents, and provide restful seating at informal events. Anyone bringing a wheelchair will need the Yellow Plan.
The Blue Plan is for guests able to do ALL of the following:
- Able to climb 12 steps, at most
- Able to step on/off a bus
- Able to sit without back support
- Able to walk 100 feet unassisted
- Not bringing wheelchair, walker, scooter
- Does not have vertigo or height fears
- Does not need sign language interpreting
This chart helps to explain and compare the two accessibility plans we offer. The Blue Plan is more similar to general parking and seating, but reduces the number of stadium stairs to less than a dozen. The Yellow Plan, however, is very different and is wheelchair-accessible. If you determine that you require special arrangements, please request an accessibility plan best suited to your needs.
Commencement Week: The form to request a plan is now closed. We have very limited parking spots left for the Hoy Parking Garage for the yellow plan. Go to the Day Hall Lobby until Fri. 5/25 at 5 pm to obtain what we have left as it is first-come first-served now.
There are other options of parking in outlying lots and riding the buses to the Crescent for the 2 stadium events Sat. and Sun.
Yellow Plans include 1 yellow permit to park a car in Hoy Garage, plus access to the yellow seating area on the field. Each passenger who needs yellow seating may sit there and have 1 person sit with them, no seating tickets needed. Additional family may sit in portable bleachers located behind Yellow Plan chairs.
Blue Plan is now closed.
How do I determine which Plan I need?
First, decide if you are bringing a wheelchair, walker, or scooter to the stadium. If yes, then you must have the Yellow Plan, even if you only want to set it aside for later. If you’re not bringing a mobility device, then review “Choosing an Accessibility Plan” to see which one suits your abilities. If any situation on the Yellow Plan list pertains to you, then you need the Yellow Plan. If nothing on the Yellow Plan list pertains to you, then you are welcome to use either Yellow or Blue (but no wheelchairs, walkers or scooters with Blue).
Why do I need parking with the seating?
For easy access to the Blue or Yellow seating locations, you need to enter the stadium at a specific side and level. Yellow Plan guests need to enter from the Hoy Garage side/level to then walk/wheel to the south end of the field for Yellow Plan seating. Blue Plan guests park in TRB Lot then ride a bus to the Crescent side/level to then walk into the Crescent for Blue Plan seating. (Note: Anyone can ride buses from campus parking lots to the stadium Crescent, not just Blue Plan guests.)
May I have a Yellow Plan if I don’t use a wheelchair?
May I set aside a wheelchair for later if I have the Blue Plan?
No. You need the Yellow Plan.
Are the Blue and Yellow seating areas near each other?
No. In fact, it is not easy to get from one to the other. Accessibility Plan seating areas and entrances into the stadium are at opposite sides and on different levels. To get from Blue Plan seating down to Yellow Plan seating requires walking down 80+ shallow stadium stairs. Likewise, to get from Yellow Plan seating up to Blue Plan seating requires walking up 80+ shallow stadium stairs.
Can we all sit together?
Blue Plan bleachers = you + 5 (6 blue seating tickets will be included with your plan). Extra family without blue tickets will sit in general seating rows. Large groups should consider earlier arrival so extra family may find seating in general rows near your Blue Plan rows.
Yellow Plan chairs = you + 1. Bleachers for extra family will be available behind Yellow Plan chairs. Family may also walk over to the Crescent side to sit in general seating rows in the Crescent (walk up from field level).
We have two mobility-impaired people in our carload of five people. Do we need two plans?
No, just one. Your Accessibility Plan will include one Blue/Yellow permit to park your car at a specific lot. Then, as your family enters the stadium, you will sit as your Blue/Yellow Plan instructs, so all mobility-impaired people from the vehicle will be accommodated by one Accessibility Plan.
Driving directions and parking permits for accessibility lots are included with Accessibility Plans. Display the yellow or blue parking permit on the dash of your vehicle for transportation officers to see as you drive to your designated lot.
Guests with a Yellow Plan will receive a yellow permit to park in Hoy Garage for Convocation on Saturday and Commencement on Sunday. Handicap placards are not required, as Hoy Garage is reserved for all vehicles displaying a Yellow Plan permit. Driving directions to Hoy Garage are included with the Yellow Plan parking permit. Traffic signs and transportation officers will assist with directing vehicles to Hoy Garage. You will exit your vehicle at the unloading area in Hoy Garage then walk or wheel 100′ to the Yellow Plan seating area in the stadium.
Guests with a Blue Plan will receive a blue permit to park in TRB Lot for Convocation on Saturday and Commencement on Sunday. Handicap placards are not required, as TRB Lot is reserved for all vehicles displaying a Blue Plan permit. Driving directions to TRB Lot are included with Blue Plan parking permits. Traffic signs and transportation officers will assist with directing vehicles to TRB Lot. You will ride a bus from TRB Lot to the stadium Crescent Lot and walk 100′ to the Blue Plan seating area in the stadium.
With the Yellow Plan, you may walk or drive to your next event. To drive, walk 100′ from your seating area into Hoy Garage to your vehicle, keep your yellow permit displayed on the dash, and follow very specific driving directions provided with this Plan. To walk or wheel to your event, you may retrieve a wheelchair from your vehicle and leave your car in Hoy Garage until later.
With the Blue Plan, you may walk or ride a bus to your next event. To ride a bus, exit the Crescent through the portal next to your seating rows, then walk 100′ out to the Crescent Lot to board a bus to go to your next event. If you do not have another event to go to, you may ride a bus back to the TRB Lot for your vehicle.
Captioning is displayed on the jumbotron at the south end of Schoellkopf Field, as well as on livestream. Sign language interpreters (ASL) are located at the south end of Schoellkopf Field, in the Yellow Plan seating area.
Guests wanting sign language service need a Yellow Plan for the specific parking-and-seating arrangement that provides the entry and seating location where signers will be located.
Guests sitting in the Crescent (Blue Plan and general seating) will not be able to see the signers. To sit where signers are located, you will need the Yellow Plan.
We recommend renting wheelchairs or transport chairs at home to bring to campus. The university does not provide wheelchairs, as supply cannot meet the large demand. If you rent from companies in Ithaca, but be sure to ask about pickup & return dates, as some businesses may be closed until Tuesday to observe Memorial Day.
If bringing a wheelchair, walker, scooter, or transport chair to Schoellkopf Stadium, you MUST have a Yellow Plan to accommodate a mobility device at the stadium.
The Blue Plan does not allow for bringing wheelchairs, walkers, or scooters to the stadium. Whether you will use a wheelchair for seating or just want to set it aside at the stadium to use later, you MUST have the Yellow Plan.