A group of disabled veterans has sued the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor over what they say is an attempt to evade the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act during the renovation of Michigan Stadium, the Associated Press reported.
The federal lawsuit, filed by the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, accuses the university of characterizing the $226-million project as merely a series of repairs rather than a wholesale revamping of the giant stadium, which will add seats, enlarge seats and aisles, and, perhaps most important, install 83 luxury suites.
The disability law would call for 1,000 wheelchair-accessible seats scattered throughout the 107,500-seat arena, but only if the project is considered an “alteration,” according to a lawyer for the veterans. Wheelchair-bound fans are currently restricted to 45 seats in each end zone.
A university spokeswoman told the AP that the project complied fully with the disability law’s requirements and would give fans in wheelchairs many more seats in the stadium. —Andrew Mytelka