KultureCity, an organization recognized nationwide for using resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs, has named Little Caesars Arena the 2021 Sensory Inclusive Venue of the Year. The award was presented at the KultureBALL in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, August 21.
All events hosted at Little Caesars Arena are sensory inclusive, and promote an accommodating and positive experience for guests and fans with sensory needs. Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions.
In addition to Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, Fox Theatre, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre are all KultureCity certified.
“Providing a comfortable and inclusive experience for fans and guests is a top priority at all of our venues,” said Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We support KultureCity’s tremendous mission and look forward to partnering with them for years to come.”
Through the certification process, event staff are trained by leading medical professionals to recognize guests and fans with sensory needs and how best to handle sensory overload situations. Those overwhelmed by the environment may be provided with sensory bags equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads. Access to quieter and more secure environments are also available.
“Our communities shape our lives and it’s been so enlightening to see Little Caesars Arena go the extra mile to ensure an inclusive and adaptable environment,” said Uma Srivastava, Executive Director of KultureCity. “We’re honored to partner with Olympia Entertainment, and are excited that Little Caesars Arena is the honoree of the 2021 Sensory Inclusive Venue of the Year.” Former Sensory Inclusive Venue of the Year award winners include Atlanta’s State Farm Arena in 2019, Orlando’s Camping World Stadium in 2018 and Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena in 2017.