Stadium Access

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News April 2013

The Liberty Bowl in Memphis will provide more accessibility for people with disabilities.

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Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., is increasing physical accessibility for people with disabilities.

The city of Memphis and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached an agreement that allows all spectators, with and without disabilities, to attend events at the facility.

Under the settlement, Memphis will install 282 wheelchair spaces and an equal number of companion seats around the stadium at row 25 and in the upper concourses on the home and away sides. The 282 spaces will be dispersed vertically and horizontally throughout the Liberty Bowl, providing lines of sight over standing spectators that are comparable to those offered to people without disabilities. The agreement requires installation of additional wheelchair spaces renovated in the future, such as the suites and press boxes.

In addition, Memphis will ensure Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance for concession stands, gates, elevators, suites and press boxes, ramps, and restrooms throughout the Liberty Bowl. The city also will retain an architect to certify correction of each ADA violation and will report its progress to the DOJ.

DOJ will monitor the city’s compliance with the agreement, which remains in effect for three years.

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