U of M agrees to enhance wheelchair accessibility at Big House

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The University of Michigan will enhance wheelchair accessibility at its football stadium as part of an agreement with a paralyzed veterans' group that had sued the school.

U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox on Monday signed a consent decree in the case that outlines the agreed changes to Michigan Stadium.

Starting with this season, 96 new accessible seats -- plus seats for companions -- will be available along the stadium's east side. And by the start of the 2010 season, more accessible seats will be available.

The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America sued the university last year, claiming the current stadium design is inaccessible to those in wheelchairs. The U.S. Department of Justice joined the group in its lawsuit in November.

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