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 drive up to stadium entrances to drop off passengers. 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 stairs, 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 a Yellow Plan. There is no wheelchair seating/storage with Blue Plan.
The Blue Plan is for guests able to do ALL of the following:
- Able to climb 12 stairs, 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
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 no more than 12. 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 online is now closed. We have very limited parking permits left for the Hoy Parking Garage for the Yellow Plan and a few left for the Blue Plan. Please go to Visitor Relations at the Tang Welcome Center, 616 Thurston Ave., starting on Wednesday, 5/22 at 9am thru Saturday, 5/25 at 2 pm to obtain what we have left, as it is now first-come first-served. There are also other options of parking in outlying lots and riding the buses to the Crescent for the two stadium events on Saturday and Sunday.
Yellow Plan includes 1 yellow permit to park a car in the Hoy Road Parking Garage and allows for seating in the Yellow seating area located on the field, at the south end. Each mobility-impaired passenger who requires Yellow Plan seating may sit there and have 1 person sit in the Yellow section with them. Extra family/passengers may sit in portable bleachers located behind (just outside) the Yellow seating area.
Blue Plan includes 1 blue permit to park a car in the TRB Lot and 4 blue seating passes for the blue mobility-impaired bleacher rows located within the Crescent bleachers. Up to 4 total passengers (includes mobility-impaired) may use the blue seating passes included with this plan. Extra family/passengers may sit in open general seating bleacher rows in the Crescent bleachers, near (outside) the Blue Plan rows.
Do I need an Accessibility Plan?
To determine that, you first need to understand general (no plan) parking and seating for events at Schoellkopf Stadium. Guests park in campus parking lots, then board a bus and ride to the stadium’s Crescent, then exit the bus and walk 100′ to the Crescent entrances, then climb up or down more than 12 stairs to find open seating in the Crescent bleachers. Guests who might be challenged by any part of that should review this page about Accessibility Plans.
Which Accessibility Plan do I need?
If bringing a wheelchair, walker, or scooter to the stadium, you MUST have the Yellow Plan, even if you only want to set it aside. If not bringing a mobility device, you may use either the Blue Plan or the Yellow Plan. Review “Choosing an Accessibility Plan” to see which one suits your abilities, since guests not bringing a wheelchair may use either plan. 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 Blue Plan cannot accommodate wheelchairs, walkers or scooters).
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 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 the Yellow Plan if I don’t use a wheelchair?
Yes. Many guests with the Yellow Plan do not use wheelchairs.
May I set aside a wheelchair for later if I have the Blue Plan (or no accessibility plan)?
No. You MUST have the Yellow Plan if you’re bringing a wheelchair to/into the stadium. Please do not plan to bring a wheelchair onto buses or ask to set one aside in the stadium’s Crescent. Wheelchairs can be accommodated with 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 seating (at Crescent entrances) down to Yellow seating (field level) requires walking down 80+ shallow stadium stairs. Likewise, to get from Yellow seating up to Blue seating requires walking up 80+ shallow stadium stairs.
Can we all sit together?
Blue Plan bleachers = you + 3 (4 blue seating passes included with this plan). Extra family without blue passes will sit in general seating rows located outside Blue seating rows. Large groups should consider earlier arrival so the extra family members may find available seating in the general rows nearest 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 any general seating rows in the Crescent (walk up from field level).
Do buses transport Yellow Plan guests to/from the stadium?
No. Buses stop at the stadium’s Crescent side (Blue & general), not at the Hoy Garage side (Yellow). Buses bring general guests and Blue Plan guests from parking lots to the stadium’s Crescent side, where entrances and seating are located for Blue Plan guests and general guests. Yellow Plan guests park at the opposite/lower side of the stadium, where their entrance and seating is located.
We have 2 mobility-impaired passengers in our carload of 4 people. Do we need 2 plans?
No, just one. Your plan, whether Yellow or Blue, provides a parking permit for the vehicle, plus seating accommodations for any mobility-impaired passengers in the vehicle. For more specific information about each plan, please review details in other sections on this page.
Driving directions and parking permits for designated 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 yellow/blue lot.
Guests with a Yellow Plan will receive a yellow permit to park in Hoy Garage on Saturday and 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 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 100′ to the Yellow seating area in the stadium.
Guests with a Blue Plan will receive a blue permit to park in TRB Lot Saturday and 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 and walk 100′ to the Blue seating area in the stadium.
With the Yellow Plan, you may display your permit and walk/wheel or drive to your next event. To drive, walk 100′ from your Yellow seating area to Hoy Garage to retrieve your vehicle, keep your yellow permit displayed on the dash, and follow very specific driving directions provided with this Plan. Please understand that some event locations are not easily accessed by vehicle, so even dropping off passengers nearby might still require strenuous walking from the sidewalk or other area. Many Yellow Plan guests prefer to retrieve a wheelchair or transport chair from their vehicle and use it as a safe, comfortable shuttle to walk/wheel to their next event, leaving their 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, 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.