HENDERSON (April 30, 2022) – The Dollar Loan Center unveiled the new John C. Kish Foundation Sensory Room – the first space of its kind in the state of Nevada – on Saturday, April 30. The room, which was designed in conjunction with the non-profit organization KultureCity, will provide a welcoming area for arena guests with autism or other sensory needs. KultureCity also confirmed The Dollar Loan Center as a Certified Sensory Inclusive Venue.
“The creation of The John C. Kish Foundation Sensory Room reinforces our commitment to the families that visit The Dollar Loan Center,” said Kerry Bubolz, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Foley Entertainment Group, which operates the venue. “We appreciate the generosity of the Foundation to help make this possible and the expertise of KultureCity to ensure that our venue is welcoming to guests with sensory needs.”
The unveiling came during World Autism Month and included representatives from the City of Henderson, KultureCity and The John C. Kish Foundation. The room, which is located on the main concourse behind section 12, features a bubble wall, light wall, games and other elements designed to lessen sensory overload and engage both children and adults.
“Our communities are what shape our lives and to know that the Foley Entertainment Group is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing,” said Uma Srivastava, Executive Director of KultureCity. “We’re honored to partner with The Dollar Loan Center to provide a truly inclusive experience for all fans and guests!”
KultureCity is the nation’s only non-profit that provides sensory inclusion certification, a process that includes training for venue staff, offering guests approved sensory inclusive bags and creating a “social story” or visual narrative that prepares guests for their visit.
Guests of The Dollar Loan Center with sensory needs are invited to visit Guest Services behind section 3 for access to The John C. Kish Foundation Sensory Room beginning with tonight’s Henderson Silver Knights home game.
ABOUT THE DOLLAR LOAN CENTER
The Dollar Loan Center is an all-new multipurpose venue in Henderson, NV, just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a 5,567 fixed seating capacity for hockey and indoor football. A product of a public-private partnership between the City of Henderson and the Vegas Golden Knights, The Dollar Loan Center opened in March 2022 and is operated by the Foley Entertainment Group. The Dollar Loan Center is the home of the American Hockey League’s Henderson Silver Knights, the Indoor Football League’s Vegas Knight Hawks, the Big West Basketball Championships, the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, the Craggy Range Sports Bar & Grill and The Saddlery team store. For the latest news and information on The Dollar Loan Center visit thedollarloancenter.com and follow the arena on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs, not just those with autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 900 sensory-inclusive venues in 5 countries: this includes special events such as the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series, and MLB All Star Weekend. KultureCity has won many awards for its efforts, including the NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award in 2017 and the 2018 Clio Sports Silver for social good in partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet Space Sensory Room at Quicken Loans Arena was a finalist for the 2018 Stadium Business Award, KultureCity was named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019 and 2020 by FastCompany and recently won the Industry Partner Award in TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards 2019.