Children’s Hospital of
For families with special needs, attending events can be a
gamble on how long they will be able to stay. This summer,
the Eagles became one of the first NFL teams to provide
a 500-square-foot, state-of-the-art sensory room, designed
by top medical professionals to ensure a quieter and more
secure environment, and now other teams are following suit.
Presented by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a
founding beneficiary partner of the Eagles Autism Challenge,
the sensory room and its trained staff offer not only a space
to decompress, but a level of reassurance for families for
a more enjoyable overall experience. “The sensory room
at Lincoln Financial Field is just the latest initiative as part
of Children’s Hospital’s longstanding relationship with the
Philadelphia Eagles and our joint commitment to autism
research and care that are having an impact worldwide”, said
Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of
The sensory room was just one part of the official
certification of Lincoln Financial Field as a sensory-inclusive
stadium by KultureCity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
using its resources to “revolutionize and effect change” in the
community for those with sensory needs. The certification
process involved the training of Eagles employees and
Lincoln Financial Field staff by leading medical professionals.
It included how to recognize guests with sensory needs and
how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags
equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools,
verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads are made available
to all guests. The initiative promotes an accommodating and
positive experience for fans with sensory challenges.
“At KultureCity, we work with hundreds of organizations.
The Eagles’ commitment and dedication represents the gold
standard in accessibility – not only for what they have done
with something like the sensory room - but also for how
they leverage their platform to promote greater awareness
for neurodiversity. It helps to show others that they, too, can
The Eagles Sensory Room presented by CHOP
opened at Lincoln Financial Field in 2019.
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The room includes noise-canceling headphones,
fidget tools, and verbal cue cards.