Byline: Nate Beck
A lawsuit accusesthe Milwaukee Brewers of establishing a "wheelchair ghetto" in Miller Park where disabled fans aren't able to have a clear view of the ball field from their seats and are prevented entirely from getting to some parts of the stadium.
Although the plaintiffs in the suit don't accuse the team of intentionally building a stadium where wheelchair-bound fans are barred from going to certain places, they argue their complaints have long been ignored. Paul Strouse, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in an interview on Friday that his clients are "lifelong Brewer fans" and aren't seeking monetary damages in the case.
Instead, they hope the suit will force the team to rework the stadium to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, also known as the ADA, Strouse said.
"I believe people who have disabilities are still being isolated when they don't have access to goods and services," he said. "It's necessary for them to assert their rights. Otherwise, they are permanently locked out just because they are disabled. It's unfortunate that since the early '90s this has been the law."
The complaint argues that fans who are disabled have a hard time getting a clear view of the ball field from 16 sections of the stadium, places where the general public doesn't have a similarly obscured line of sight. Additionally, the Aurora Healthcare Bullpen, a field-level section past the stadium's right-field wall, has no seating that complies with the ADA and can't be accessed from field-level. The section provides non-disabled fans a "player's view" of the game but deprives disabled fans of the same experience, according to the suit.
Further deficiencies alleged in the suit include:
Emergencyexit ramps that are too steep for wheelchairs to go up or down
An elevator, supposedly for the disabled, that is an "awkward and...