Wheelchair Access at Coachella 2014: Everything You Need to Know

Outkast! Muse! Arcade Fire, oh my! Coachella 2014 is shaping up to be one of the best years yet, and wheelchair users can rest assured that this popular summer music festival has several resources in place to make sure everyone has a blast. Some policies have changed, but we have the latest information.

Coachella Wheelchair Surfing

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Access Service Center
The Access Service Center, located in the venue lobby, is your one-stop destination for all things accessibility. Here you’ll find staff who can help with assistive listening receivers, headsets, alternative format materials, and even wheelchair battery recharging. When in doubt, head for the Access Service Center.

Getting There
Coachella’s address: 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201 Where are you coming from? Use one of these cities as a reference:

  • San Francisco: Take 5 South or 101 South to 10 East Exit at Jefferson St. or Monroe St. Travel South.
  • San Diego: Take 15 North to 215 North, and then 60 East to 10 East Exit at Jefferson St. or Monroe St. Travel South.
  • Los Angeles: 10 East Exit at Jefferson St. or Monroe St. Travel South
  • Las Vegas: Take 15 South to 10 East Exit at Jefferson St. or Monroe St. Travel South.

Getting Around
You can’t really put a price on arriving at Coachella—from the energy in the air to everyone’s anticipation around you, it’s a mesmerizing atmosphere. If you need a way to carry your wheelchair, scooter, or power chair in your car, whether it’s to the festival or to and from camping, consider renting an auto lift for this grand occasion. Click here for info about wheelchair lifts for your car.

Coachella 2010

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ATMs
Accessible ATM’s are located throughout the venue and are marked on your Coachella map.

Concession Stands
Wheelchair accessible concession stands and bars are located throughout the venue. If you need assistance at any of the food service areas, notify the nearest staff member.

First Aid
Several First Aid stations are located throughout the venue and are marked on your Coachella map.

Coachella Stage

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Interpreting Services
Language interpreters are located to the right side of each stage and in the Access Service Center. Requests for an interpreter need to be made at least two weeks prior to the festival. To request an interpreter, send an email to ada@coachella.com.

Parking
*New Information* ADA parking has moved since previous years. From the 10 freeway or Hwy 111, travel South on Monroe Street to the parking lot labeled “ADA PARKING ONLY,” located half a block south on Avenue 51 on the west side in LOT 11. Law enforcement will verify each vehicle’s ADA placard or license plate and ensure it corresponds with current DMV registrations and the identification of the ADA patron inside of the vehicle. All patrons inside of the vehicle must be wearing their festival wristbands.

Coachella Entrance

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Restrooms
All Coachella restrooms are accessible. Each restroom is marked on your Coachella map.

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome at Coachella. Other pets are not. To ensure that your service animal is let into the venue, please email ada@coachella.com and someone will walk you through the approval process.

Wheelchair and Companion Seating
For wheelchair seating throughout Coachella, visit the Access Service Center for a pass. Wheelchair designated seating is located throughout the festival and is marked on your Coachella map.

Comments, Questions, Suggestions
Coachella staff welcomes any suggestions to help accommodate everyone. Send an email to ada@coachella.com and someone will be in contact with you shortly.

Coachella sunset

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Coachellians! The two most epic weekends of all time are fast approaching. Be prepared by April 11 with all of the accessibility equipment you need! If things like a folding wheelchair ramp could help you access various parts of the venue or a wheelchair lift for your car can get your mobility device safely to the grounds, we are here to help! Click here to find your local 101 Mobility.
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For a complete list of event accommodations, check out the accessibility page on the Coachella website. From all of us at 101 Mobility, have an amazingly accessible Coachella experience!

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  1. wheelchairindia  February 3, 2015

    Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

    Keep Posting:)