New Football Stadium To Be Designed With Wheelchairs In
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 4, 2003
GLENDALE, ARIZONA--The designers of the new Arizona Cardinals football stadium have decided not to make just some areas accessible to wheelchair users.
Instead, they have decided to make the entire stadium accessible to wheelchair users.
The Accessibility Advisory Committee of the Tourism and Sports Authority is addressing a number of issues that fans in wheelchairs experience at other stadiums.
Brad Parker, a spokesperson for the Tourism and Sports Authority, said that the designers are including 34-inch high countertops in restrooms and concession stands, unobstructed views at a 48-inch height of the playing field and scoreboards from every section of the stadium, an increase in the number of "family" restrooms, and suite bars set back so wheelchair users can move in front of them to view the game. Panel member are also discussing making top-row seats removable so wheelchair users can sit with their families.
According to the Arizona Republic, the advisory committee is made up of citizens and community groups and has representatives from the sports authority, the Arizona Cardinals, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Hunt Construction, HOK Sport and the City of Glendale.
The stadium is expected to open in August 2006 and host Super Bowl XLII in January 2008.