Advocates Threaten Legal Action Over Football Stadium
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 30, 2006
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN--What's starting out as a war of words could soon turn into a legal battle over accessible seating at the University of Michigan's football stadium.
Members of the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America are angry that a $226 million plan for "improving" the stadium would place wheelchair accessible seating in the very back, top row.
The group points out that the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act requires old facilities that are significantly altered or renovated to disperse accessible seating in different locations throughout the stadium to make them typical to the general seating.
But university officials say the plan is not a 'renovation': It's a 'repair'.
Representatives of the group said that regardless of what the university calls the design, it still is discrimination.
"At this point, either the university is going to change it (the plan) by themselves or we litigate," Richard Bernstein, attorney for the veterans group, told the Detroit News after meeting with school officials Wednesday.
"U-M stadium design irks disability groups" (Detroit News)
"Disabled vets: Stadium plan violates law" (Michigan Daily)
"After talks, vets still may sue U-M over football stadium designs" (Detroit News)