Not Enough Disability Access at Michigan Stadium, Group Says

Samuel R. Bagenstos‘ very scholarly Disability Blog links to a great story – great from the perspective of OUS fans who just like to see Michigan get beat-up in any conceivable way – about “complaints that the stadium lacks sufficient seating for the disabled.”

From the article: “ANN ARBOR — A $226 million plan to renovate Michigan Stadium by adding luxury boxes and other upgrades is renewing complaints that the stadium lacks sufficient seating for the disabled.

The university plans to add wheelchair-accessible seating with an extra row at the top of the stadium’s western side, but some fans who would sit there say it’s too far from the action.

The disability advocacy group Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America said the renovation plan violates federal laws on accessibility. The group says the university must offer seating at a wide range of ticket prices and sightlines to satisfy federal law.

”Historically, they’ve always put us in the least desirable locations,” Michael Harris, the organization’s executive director, told The Ann Arbor News. ”The law really requires them to disperse (seating for the disabled) throughout all price ranges.”

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