Accessible Sports Stadium Series

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Game Day: a sea of team colors on eager fans and concessions with wrap-around lines. It’s excited mayhem as the stadium fills, including around the seats that are reserved for fans with disabilities. Who are those individuals in those seats, when  years before they would not have been physically able to enter the sports complex? And what about the stadium’s past and present regarding individuals with disabilities?

Paralyzed Veterans of America has published a series of articles about some of the nation's sporting venues and their accessibility, exploring what makes these stadiums special in the disability community how fans played a role in development of their accessibility. The following stadiums were featured and are linked to the articles below:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the standard by which post-1990 built entertainment structures are measured. These rules include line of sight while seated, quality of seating for wheelchair users, concessions, parking (including drop-off and pick-up), entrances, restrooms and access to spaces used by players and performers. This series of articles featured the success of these changes with comments from fans utilizing the handicap sections, and how groups like Paralyzed Veterans of America were able to help with compliance.

 

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