We strive to ensure that all graduates, family members and guests are able to celebrate. Please read through the accessibility section below for the venue in which you will be attending. Accessible seating arrangements will be available for individuals with disabilities or limited mobility. Closed captioning will be available on video screens. In addition, ASL interpreters will be on site in a designated area and hearing devices can be requested from the facility.
Graduates with a wheelchair, limited mobility, and/or are in need of a sign language interpreter or Assisted Listening Device need to contact the commencement office in order to make necessary arrangements. Requests of this nature require planning ahead in order to ensure a celebratory day, please plan accordingly. Please let us know as many details as possible to assist us with best addressing your needs.
CAMP RANDALL Accessibility
Know Before You Go
- Attending Commencement is an exciting time. We anticipate an audience of 40,000 celebrants. Expect large crowds and long wait times as many attendees will be unfamiliar with our stadium. Distances to and from parking lots to the stadium can be excessive. Weather can play a factor in your ability to navigate the expansive facility, and is one beyond our control. For all of these reasons, and to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience, please read all of the information below and plan accordingly.
- Bring Your Own Assistive Device: Please be aware that there will be a considerable amount of on-site travel required to move from the parking lot to your seat in the stadium. If you or your guest(s) requires a wheelchair or any other assistive device to travel any distance, you must bring it with you.
- Depending on your arrival time at the stadium, you may have a considerable distance to travel from your parking location and then within the stadium itself to the next available special-needs seat, and we want you to be aware of this prior to your arrival.
Wheelchair Seating Locations
Wheelchair seating locations in the stadium allow access for one person in their own wheelchair and one companion (two individuals per reservation). Additional family members will need to sit separately in general seating. Please refer to this Camp Randall accessibility map to help orient to the accessible gate entrances, and seating locations. Upon entering Camp Randall Stadium, Guest Services representatives, located at designated entrance points, will direct wheelchair guests and one companion to assigned seating areas. Wheelchair accessible seating is limited and all seating assignments will be processed in a first come, first served manner. It is strongly recommended that wheelchair guests arrive 1-2 hours before the start of the ceremony in order to allow for adequate time in locating designated seating areas.
Limited Mobility Seating Locations
If any member of your party has difficulty walking or using stairs or ramps but does not use a wheelchair, seating options with one, or a few stair steps are located throughout the stadium and are indicated by signs. Limited mobility sections are indicated on this Camp Randall accessibility map. This seating option is ideal for guests with fold up walkers or canes that are able to be placed on the ground near them.
In order to best accommodate all of our guests with limited mobility, only one companion may join the accessible guest in this designated seating area. Additional members of your party will need to sit in general admission seating, please plan accordingly.
Camp Randall Accessibility Map
Wheelchair seating locations, and limited mobility seating locations, as well as wheelchair gate entrances, are all identified on this Camp Randall accessibility map.
Accessible restrooms are available throughout Camp Randall Stadium. Accessible family restrooms, which include flushing floor-drain urinals and diaper-changing stations, are located in concourses on the east side (fifth level), south side (end zone) and west side (third level).
The entire Camp Randall seating area is served by assistive-listening devices (ALDs), operating on an FM system. Individuals may pick up headsets at the Guest Services Center under Section YZ in the south end zone concourse. Use of an ALD is free, but individuals who would like to use an ALD must leave some form of collateral, such as a driver’s license or credit card, at the Guest Services Center.
Captioning services are visible at the bottom of the north scoreboard.
An American Sign Language interpreter will also be present during the ceremony. If you or someone in your group needs seating in view of the interpreter, reserved seats will need to be secured in advance of the ceremony. Please contact the commencement office to reserve a space in the appropriate section.
Messages and Emergency Information
Message and video boards are located at both the north and south ends of the stadium to relay general information, as well as messages broadcast over the public address system. In case of an emergency, strobe lights will help alert hearing-impaired guests. Emergency messages will also be posted on the stadium’s scoreboards. Areas of Rescue Assistance are designated areas where guests who are unable to use stairs may remain temporarily to await assistance during an emergency evacuation. They are located at Elevators 4, 5, 6, and 7 on the east side of the stadium.
- Stadium staff will be on site to assist with directions or any other questions.
- Wheelchair accessible seating will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Both guests with wheelchair accessible seating reservations and in need of limited mobility seating are strongly encouraged to arrive to the stadium no later than an hour before the ceremony in order to ensure you are in your seat location for the start of the ceremony. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m., 2 hours prior to the start of the ceremony.
- Some wheelchair accessible seating is not on street level and will require an elevator trip.
- Camp Randall Stadium is an open air stadium, all seats are subject to exposure from the elements – including direct sun. Please plan accordingly.
- To ensure space for all guests, only one companion may join accessible guests in their designated seating areas. Additional members of your party will need to sit in general admission seating, please plan accordingly. Note that large parties may be split up. We understand that you would like to be together to celebrate your graduate, however, in order to accommodate the needs of all of our guests, we cannot accommodate more than one companion with a wheelchair or limited mobility guest. Please plan accordingly.
- Stadium staff will make every effort to accommodate accessible needs guests. Due to the nature of this event, we ask for your patience. We anticipate 40,000 attendees at Camp Randall Stadium, it can take extra time and effort to make sure that guests in wheelchairs and with limited mobility enjoy the day and are comfortable. Here is a Camp Randall accessibility map that provides you with accessible gate entrances, and seating options for wheelchair and limited mobility guests.
- Please be aware that Camp Randall Stadium is a large facility and may require a considerable amount of on-site travel. If you or your guest(s) requires a wheelchair or other mobility device to travel any distance, you must bring it with you. Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium, but are not able to be stored at the stadium, and are not supplied by the university.
- Take advantage of indoor viewing opportunities if the travel and weather are a factor in your ability to attend the ceremony. Livestreaming will be available through our website, via YouTube. You can also watch the ceremony from Union South.
Camp Randall Stadium
1440 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711
Kohl Center Accessibility
Accessible parking is limited. Read a full description of accessible parking and transportation options for the Kohl Center.
The drop-off location for the Kohl Center is on Dayton Street, directly in front of Gate A, or the main entrance. Guest services personnel will have wheelchairs available for transportation from the Dayton Street drop-off location to the Kohl Center seating area. Wheelchairs are for transportation purposes only and cannot be used for patron seating during the ceremony. Anyone in need of wheelchair services can call Guest Services at 608-263-5645 on the day of the event. Guest Service wheelchairs must remain with staff at all times.
If you or anyone in your party is in need of accessible seating or assistance, we recommend arriving early as the seating will be determined on a first come, first served basis. Accessible seating is limited to only those guests who require it. The seats will be for the person with accessible needs and for one companion. No pre-ticketing will occur for accessible seating.
Wheelchair Seating Locations
Wheelchair and wheelchair companion locations are located throughout the main level concourse (Kohl Concourse or 100 level), and the upper level (Kellner Concourse or 200 level).
Entrances and Getting Around
Street-level entry to the building is through Gate A off Dayton Street or Gate B between the Ticket Office and Bucky’s Locker Room. Passenger elevators with priority for persons with disabilities are near Gates A and B. Wheelchair escorts to and from seats and gates are available through Guest Services, located in the Kohl Concourse near Section 119. Due to the high demand during this event, wheelchairs will be provided only for transport purposes.
The 28 public restrooms and six family restrooms are accessible and all contain diaper-changing stations. Two of the restrooms are in the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion. The restrooms have touchless faucets and flush valves. The family restrooms have floor-mounted urinals. There is a breast feeding room located in the women’s bathroom near Section 119. To access, please visit the Guest Services office near Section 119.
All concession stands are accessible; most also have a lower counter section. Public drinking fountains in concourse areas are the hi-low accessible style and are located in Sections 113, 117, 205, 211, 219, and 225.
The seating area is served by assistive listening devices (ALD) on an FM system. Individuals may pick up headsets at the Guest Services Office near Section 119 and must leave some form of collateral, such as a driver’s license while using the ALD.
Captioning will be available throughout the ceremony and an American Sign Language Interpreter will be located near section 121. Those in need of the interpreter should contact us so that we can set aside seats in that section.
Messages and Emergency Information
Two message boards, located at opposite sides of the bowl, will relay general information and message that are broadcast over the Public Address system. In case of an emergency, strobe lights will help alert the deaf and those who are hard of hearing. Emergency messages will also be posted on the Kohl Center scoreboard.
The Kohl Center
601 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715-1206