Accessibility

Services and Accommodations

The Wexner Center strives to make our events and facilities accessible to all our patrons. If you have questions about access or wish to request ASL interpreter or visual guide accommodations, please contact the Wexner Center's patron services staff at (614) 688-3890 or by e-mail to houseweb@wexarts.org. Download an accessibility brochure (PDF).

Please request ASL interpreters or visual guides at least three weeks in advance of the event for which you have tickets or plan to attend, so we can ensure a positive experience.

Please give us as much notice as possible for any other request, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please be prepared to discuss your needs with us, let us know if you will have a companion attending the event with you, and provide us with your name and contact information so that we can follow up with you.
 

Drop-off Points and Parking

The small metered parking area on the High Street side of Mershon Auditorium may be used as a drop-off and pick-up point for patrons visiting the Wexner Center or attending events. A very limited number of designated accessible parking spaces are located in the same lot. This lot offers the most direct accessible parking for Mershon and the Wexner Center.

Accessible parking spaces are also designated in the Ohio Union North and Ohio Union South Parking Garages, about one block south of the Wexner Center, and in the Arps Garage, about one block north of the center.

Ohio Union North Garage

  • The garage is generally open for visitor parking on evenings and weekends.
  • It is closer to the Wexner Center and with more direct access than the Ohio Union South Garage
  • Avoid inclines by turning left after Page Hall and following College Rd. to the west entrance of the Wexner Center (the one facing College Road). This entrance has door openers and no stairs to the lobby.
  • An alternative approach, which requires visitors to move up an incline to reach the east entrance of the Wexner Center (the one facing High Street), is slightly shorter. However, this door opens to a short flight of stairs down to the lobby. To reach the accessible entrance (the one facing College Road), continue past the east entrance, turn left, and proceed down a short ramp.

Ohio Union South Garage

  • This garage is generally open for visitor parking on weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
  • It is farther from the Wexner Center and Mershon Auditorium than the Ohio Union North Garage, and the accessible route to the center is fairly circuitous.

Arps Garage

  • This garage is generally open for visitor parking on evenings and weekends. It may also be open for visitor parking during weekdays in the summer.
  • It is slightly farther away than the Ohio Union North Garage but offers reasonably direct and level approaches to Weigel Hall, in particular, as well as to the Wexner Center and Mershon Auditorium.

Quick Guide to Accessibility by Venue

The Wexner Center does programming in our own spaces and other venues on campus and in the community. Before heading to an event, please check your ticket to verify the location and consult these notes for details about each venue.

Service animals are welcome in all venues.

Wexner Center Galleries

  • The west entrance to the Wexner Center (the College Road side) is wheelchair accessible.
  • An elevator is available to reach the gallery entrance on the building’s lower level.
  • The galleries are located along a long ramp. The ramp is wheelchair accessible, but there is an incline and the surface is by design slightly uneven.
  • Accessible restrooms are located next to the café on the gallery level and near the Performance Space, further up the ramp.
  • Wheelchairs are available on request.

Film/Video Theater

  • The west entrance to the Wexner Center (the College Road side) is wheelchair accessible.
  • An elevator is available to reach the Film/Video Theater on the building’s lower level.
  • Accessible seating is available in the first and last rows on the theater. Although ADA compliant, the gradient within the Film/Video theater is a bit steep, so feel free to request assistance if you would like to sit in the front accessible section.
  • Accessible restrooms are located next to the café.
  • A limited number of assistive listening devices are available upon request.
  • Wheelchairs are available on request.

Performance Space

  • The west entrance to the Wexner Center (the College Road side) is wheelchair accessible.
  • An elevator is available to reach the building’s lower level (where the ramp to the Performance Space begins).
  • The Performance Space is located up a long ramp. The ramp is wheelchair accessible, but there is an incline and the surface is by design slightly uneven.
  • An elevator near the entrance to the Performance Space is available to reach that space’s main (lower) floor. Balcony seating is located down a short set of stairs.
  • With advance notice, accessible seating is available for theater, dance, and jazz or world music events, with the location and number of accessible seats determined by stage set-up.
  • With advance notice, limited seating is available in the balcony, down a short set of stairs, for Next@Wex music events.
  • Accessible restrooms are located near the upper-level entrance to the Performance Space and near the café, on the way in and out of the building.
  • Wheelchairs are available on request.
  • A limited number of assistive listening devices are available upon request for shows that use amplified sound.

Mershon Auditorium

  • There is no elevator in Mershon: please request main floor seating if stairs pose difficulties.
  • An accessible seating area is located at the rear of the main floor of the auditorium.
  • Accessible restrooms are located off the main floor lobby.
  • A limited number of assistive listening devices are available on request for shows that use amplified sound.
  • Wheelchairs are available on request.

Mershon Stage

  • With advance notice, accessible seating is available for theater and dance events, with location and number of accessible seats determined by stage set-up.
  • For standing-only Next@Wex music shows, seating is available in the auditorium, down a short set of stairs; sightlines may be partially obscured by the stage curtain.
  • Patrons with wheelchairs will be guided to an accessible entrance.

Off-Site Venues

Weigel Concert Hall

  • An elevator is available to reach the upper area of the concert hall.
  • Accessible seating is available in the back of the hall.
  • Accessible restrooms are located off the lower lobby.
  • Parking options for Weigel Hall are similar to those for the Wexner Center, with Arps Garage offering reasonably direct and level approaches from designated accessible parking spaces.

Thurber Theatre (Drake Performance and Event Center)

  • Elevators are available in the building.
  • Accessible seating is available in the back of the theater.
  • Accessible restrooms are located off a hallway a short distance from the theater space.
  • Although all of the main entrances to the Drake are wheelchair accessible, the easiest access is through the ground floor north entrance (closest to the stadium). A sidewalk ramp and door openers are available at this entrance.
  • A small lot in front of the building may be used as a pick-up and drop-off point. Accessible parking spaces are designated in area surface lots.
  • Find more information on the Department of Theatre web site about accessibility at the Drake and about parking options for the Drake.
     

Group Tours

If you wish to organize a tour for your school, campus, or community group, please contact the Wexner Center’s education staff by phone at (614) 292-6493 or by e-mail to edweb@wexarts.org at least three weeks in advance of your requested date. We’ll be glad to discuss any questions you have about access or accommodations. Find out more about tours of the Wexner Center on our Tours page.

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