Posted by: gravessack | June 20, 2010

A California Controversy

This past week there was an article written about a man from Los Angeles, California, who filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, an MLB team. The man, J. Paul Charlebois, uses a wheelchair. Charlebois said he believes his rights were violated at Angel Stadium, where the Angels play. He attended a game in July 2009 with a friend who is an Angels season ticket holder. The tickets were on the club level, which is the second level of seating. According to the lawsuit, Charlebois discovered he couldn’t get a seat where he could sit in his wheelchair.

Charlebois was informed the entire level had only two wheelchair accessible seats (even though in the terrace level, the level below the club level, and in the outfield, there are numerous wheelchair accessible seats), and they were both occupied. He was told by an usher the only option was to have stadium employees carry Charlebois to and from general admission seats on that level. He declined this option. City officials have not yet reviewed this case, and declined to comment. An Angels spokesman, who is reviewing the case, also declined to comment.

Every sports facility should have numerous wheelchair accessible seats on every level. Charlebois’ attorney, V. James De Simone, said, “It is outrageous that Angel Stadium, which underwent a costly renovation in 1999, deliberately ignored its obligation to wheelchair-bound patrons.”

I agree. Every fan should have equal access to seating on all levels. Hopefully more wheelchair accessible seats are added to Angel Stadium and other sports facilities that lack them so fans who use wheelchairs can enjoy the game as much as able-bodied fans.

To read the article, go to: http://www.ocregister.com/news/level-253534-wheelchair-stadium.html

Written by: Sam Graves

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Responses

  1. I agree with you Sam. I hope that guy pursues the issue and wins. Someone has to make some noise!! Well written Sam. Keep up the good work.

  2. My name is Jonathan and I’m following up with you on behalf of the Executive Customer Care Department at StubHub. I read your blog and want to address specifically the portion mentioning StubHub.

    I think it might help to first explain how StubHub works. We are not a ticket seller, but we are a secondary ticket marketplace. StubHub does not hold the ticket inventory as every ticket sold on our website is coming from an individual seller. Prior to any sale we very strongly encourage our sellers to list their tickets accurately and to abide by any and all State ticketing laws. This includes but is not limited to any State/Federal laws or regulations and/or any rules or regulations set forth by a specific venue. What I have personally seen as a relatively universal practice is that in a situation where patrons are in a designated wheelchair section and other patrons who in fact need use of that section (due to the use of a wheelchair or any disability) the venue will re-locate the initial patrons to accommodate for those who need the extra space.

    This can however be a bit of a complex issue only due to the fact that there are no universal policies around this matter from venue to venue. What is mandatory is that our seller’s clearly indicate if they have tickets in a designated wheelchair section. We want to make it very clear to our buyer’s what they are purchasing before the sale is final. I hope this information is helpful and I’d be more than happy to directly address any additional questions or concerns you may have. Please contact me at jcorey@stubhub.com if you would like to discuss this matter further. Thanks very much for your time.


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