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    Chicago Cubs Discriminates Against People in a Wheelchair

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Cubs for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to Micahel McCann’s report on Yahoo Sports, the Cubs franchise is accused of discrimination against individuals with disabilities, particularly wheelchair users. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is requesting modifications to be made at Wrigley Field, the second oldest stadium in Major League Baseball (MLB).

    Upgrading the stadium would involve significant costs, and it seems impractical to undertake such extensive reconstruction during the middle of the season. The task of modifying one of baseball’s most historic stadiums is no small feat, not to mention the challenge of finding an alternative venue to play in the meantime. These enhancements were part of the Cubs’ 1060 Project, which aimed to improve seating, reinforce structural supports, and add amenities for fans. These upgrades would greatly enhance the gameday experience, particularly for fans in the premium club and luxury suites.

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) mentioned that the gameday experience has been greatly improved for numerous fans, especially those who can enjoy premium clubs and luxury accommodations.

    The federal authorities highlighted the unfortunate lack of inclusivity and thoughtfulness towards fans with disabilities. The Department of Justice (DOJ) accused the Chicago Cubs of removing the best seating option for wheelchair users at the stadium. The Cubs are being accused of violating the regulations that require Wrigley Field to provide approximately 200 wheelchair-accessible seats for general admission. These seats are intended to be distributed throughout the stadium.

    Will the Chicago Cubs Cancel the Renovation?

    While the Cubs may be catering to their customers and fans, they also appear to be excluding a particular group of people. While it may not constitute the majority of their sales, it is still unjust. The Cubs might not have intended to convey this message to the disabled, but like many self-interested individuals, they seized an opportunity. This could potentially result in substantial financial losses and jeopardize the rich history and cherished memories associated with Wrigley Field.

    The Cubs have stated that they have made multiple offers to voluntarily improve the accessibility features of the ballpark. This includes enhancements to seating, restrooms, concessions, and other important elements of accessibility.

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