Special Needs Parking:
Fairgoers driving to the 2014 State Fair with authorized handicapped parking tags or license plates can now park their vehicles within the grounds. The paved Special Needs Parking Lot is located between Gates 10 and 11, with vehicles entering the grounds at Gate 6 or 7. The lot measures over 360,000 square feet and can accommodate approximately 700 vehicles.
In addition, a limited number of parking spaces for people with special needs and who have the proper hanging tags or license plates are available in the following parking lots: Orange 2, Orange 3, Brown, and Pink. These lots are not paved. People with special needs may park in any other lot open to the public.
Special tram service is available to shuttle those parking in the paved Special Needs Lot. Wheelchair accessible trams will shuttle guests from the parking lot to Tram Stop 3 behind the Horticulture building. Tram services run from 8:00am until 12:30am and Fair staff will be in the lot for personal assistance.
The State Fair internal tram service travels around the perimeter of the grounds from 9:00am to 8:00pm, picking up and dropping off passengers at 11 designated stops. Fairgoers are able to make use of this network all day long for $2.00 per person – trams are free on our two Senior Citizens’ Days, August 25th & 26th. Tram service stops temporarily from 5:15-6:45pm for our Daily Parade, and resumes after the parade is finished.
Accessible Family Restrooms:
The State Fair has the following unisex accessible family restroom locations:
- Dairy Products Building
- The Art & Home Center near the Empire Room
- Inside Gate 10
- Pink Parking Lot restroom
Amtrak trains are handicapped accessible and you can use a wheelchair from the train. Visit Amtrak.com for more information.
Special Needs Grandstand Seating Policy:
The State Fair has the following special needs seating options for fairgoers attending grandstand shows:
- Hearing impairments – no interpreter
- Interpreter section – sign language interpreter *
- Vision impaired
When purchasing special needs seating please specify which type of special needs section you wish to purchase. Persons with disabilities and thier companion will be permitted, subject to availability, to purchase adjacent seats in a manner which affords them full and equal access. These seats will be available starting at the same time as seats go on sale to the general public.
Accessible seating areas are located on the track in elevated boxes or in the Grandstand. Seating for the visually impaired, hearing impaired and those requiring an interpreter are located on the flat track near the stage. Tickets may be purchased at the New York State Fair Box Office during business hours. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis consistent with normal ticket policies. The State Fair does not accept any telephone orders for tickets.
* In order to determine which concerts require an interpreter, the Fair needs to have tickets purchased by August 1, 2014. While tickets can be purchased after this date, there is no guarantee that the Fair will be able to provide an interpreter for that particular concert. This is due to the fact that the interpreter needs time to learn the performers’ songs.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services:
Fair Access for the Deaf (FAD)
Since 1988, Fair Access for the Deaf has provided interpreters for the deaf at the Fair. Thirty sign language interpreters travel to Syracuse from all across the state to interpret more than 300 events. Interpreters are easy to spot in their blue shirts with the FAD logo on the back. Fairgoers also may request interpreters to join their groups. Find schedules of interpreted events and how to contact an interpreter at the Guest Relations Booth, inside the Main Gate (Gate 1). Click here to view FAD’s website.