Saturday, March 17, 2012

Angels Settle Lawsuit, Forced to Improve Accessibility for People with Disabilities at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Many people with disabilities, often wheelchair users, have experienced problems with accessibility issues at stadiums. Stadiums typically have one small area designated for people with disabilities and the area usually does not have the best seats. Also, despite only having a limited area to choose from, people with disabilities typically have to pay a competitive price for a ticket despite the fact that they could not sit higher up in the cheap seats if they wanted to do so.

Recently, Angel Stadium of Anaheim (where a major league baseball team, the Angels, play) settled a lawsuit requiring the stadium to add wheelchair seating, provide discounted tickets, provide in-seat food and beverage service to some locations and to allow for the purchase of wheelchair accessible seating on-line. While it required a lawsuit to have the Angels put these new features in their park, this is a step int he right direction towards increasing accessibility for people with disabilities at stadiums nationwide.

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