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Old 01-06-03, 11:42 AM
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WTH? Super Bowl XXXVII may be blocked in San Diego

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default...ABN2385362.htm

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Super Bowl XXXVII may have to move from Qualcomm Stadium unless the city expands access for the disabled at the stadium.

Attorney Amy Vandeveld filed an application for an injunction Friday in U.S. District Court in an attempt to get the city to comply with the terms of a 2001 a settlement aimed at expanding access for disabled people at the stadium.

The 2001 settlement resolved a lawsuit brought about in 1997 by a disabled activist. That lawsuit stated that the restrooms in the stadium are inaccessible and the required number of wheelchair seats had not been installed.

The city of San Diego contends that the Super Bowl is a private event and is not covered by the terms of the agreement.

Magistrate judge Leo Papas will hear the request for the court order on Thursday.



I never knew that SB were private event.
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Old 01-06-03, 11:49 AM
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Re: WTH? Super Bowl XXXVII may be blocked in San Diego

Originally posted by mysterX

I never knew that SB were private event.
Did you think it was government sponsored?

It is much-ado about nothing. This will go quietly, unless a Judge wants to make a name for himself (and end his career).
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What about business that are not gov't sponsored and must comply with the Disability Act?
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Originally posted by mysterX
What about business that are not gov't sponsored and must comply with the Disability Act?
They are private enterprises that accept government contracts.

The key is whether you do biz with the government or not.

I don't know Qualcomm, but I assume they had some municipal financing, which makes there claim specious, at best. Still, they're a private enterprise regardless of what happens here.
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Bushdog:

Are you saying that the ADA only applies to government run (or funded) entities? Why are there lawsuits all the time against mom and pop restaurants who don't meet ADA standards?
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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon
Bushdog:

Are you saying that the ADA only applies to government run (or funded) entities? Why are there lawsuits all the time against mom and pop restaurants who don't meet ADA standards?
I thought that only public companies or companies doing business with public entities could be forced to conform to the ADA.

As to why they have suits against Mom and Pop shops, I haven't a clue. I proudly admit that I am no lawyer.
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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon
Why are there lawsuits all the time against mom and pop restaurants who don't meet ADA standards?
That's what I wanted to know.

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/enter...int000518.html
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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon
Bushdog:

Are you saying that the ADA only applies to government run (or funded) entities? Why are there lawsuits all the time against mom and pop restaurants who don't meet ADA standards?

Restaurants are considered a place of public accomodation. I assume that sports venues are considered the same thing despite the requirement of ticket/license to enter. Frankly I am not very well versed on disability law.
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Originally posted by Red Dog
Restaurants are considered a place of public accomodation. I assume that sports venues are considered the same thing despite the requirement of ticket/license to enter. Frankly I am not very well versed on disability law.
I agree with your assessment based on my previous exposure to ADA (and disagree with Bushdog's). Here is what the 'official' word is:

Q. What are public accommodations?

A. A public accommodation is a private entity that owns, operates, leases, or leases to, a place of public accommodation. Places of public accommodation include a wide range of entities, such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, doctors' offices, pharmacies, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks, private schools, and day care centers. Private clubs and religious organizations are exempt from the ADA's title III requirements for public accommodations.
Source: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/q&aeng02.htm

Theaters (which require tickets) are mentioned specifically on the list. A stadium is just a large sports-related theater.

The article above is a little sparse on detail. However, I don't see any information that would lead me to believe the city's argument that Qualcomm is exempt from following the ADA.

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Fair enough. . .you learn something every day.

However, I still maintain it is a private venue.
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I agree that stadiums should provide services for the disabled.

I do not agree that it should be a LAW that they must do so.

I do not agree that the Super Bowl should have to move because of it.
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Originally posted by Bushdog

However, I still maintain it is a private venue.

Politically, I agree with you.
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