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U.S. attorney sues Cubs alleging disability law violations with Wrigley Field renovations

Chicago Tribune - 7/14/2022

The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday alleging the the recent overhaul of Wrigley Field violated federal law by failing to make the park “appropriately accessible” to fans who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities.

The 19-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court alleged that the extensive rebuild of the bleachers and lower grandstand, which was dubbed the “1060 Project,” failed to provide wheelchair users with adequate sightlines as compared to standing patrons.

In general admission areas, wheelchair seating is largely clustered in the last row of seating sections, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to the suit. The design also failed to remove architectural barriers to access in unaltered portions of the ballpark.

The Cubs also failed to incorporate wheelchair seating into new premium clubs and group seating areas, the suit stated.

The lawsuit names as defendants the Cubs and other corporate owners and operators of the Wrigley Field facility. The suit seeks declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief to remedy the alleged ADA violations.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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