Nuggets' Home Not Welcoming To Wheelchairs, Advocates Claim
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 26, 2002
DENVER, COLORADO--The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition and five individuals with disabilities are suing Pepsi Center for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not being accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs.
The disability rights advocacy group filed the suit Monday against the arena, which hosts the home games of the Denver Nuggets professional basketball team, claiming it broke promises to provide lower-level wheelchair seating at center court.
Patrons using wheelchairs currently must sit at the corners and ends of the arena or the "nosebleed" seats at the top level, according to Tuesday's Rocky Mountain News. The lawsuit points out that federal law requires wheelchair accessible seating to be spread throughout the facility.
"We believe Pepsi Center exceeds ADA compliance standards," said Brian Kitts, spokesman for the Pepsi Center. "The disabled community is certainly important to us."
The coalition said Pepsi Center officials had promised to put center wheelchair seating on the lower level but had failed to do so.
The suit is against Kroenke Sports Enterprises and Kroenke Arena Co, the paper reported.