The home of the University of Memphis Tigers will add 282 new wheelchair spaces and make a variety of other modifications to increase its accessibility to people with disabilities, as part of the legal agreement announced January 28 between the Department of Justice and the city of Memphis.
“Today’s agreement marks a new chapter for historic Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, which will permit all spectators, with and without disabilities, to attend college football games – both regular season and bowl games – at the stadium,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, in a news release.
Though the DOJ never formally sued the city, the parties had been in a standoff for seven years to improve the aging stadium, which is also home of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the Southern Heritage Classic football games.
The settlement, which the DOJ will monitor for three years to ensure compliance, also requires the city to install an equal number of companion seats around the stadium, as well as agree to include accessible seating in future renovations.
In addition, the settlement specifies that the city should work to ensure the stadium’s concession stands, gates, elevators, suites, press boxes, ramps, and restrooms meet accessibility standards required under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A video about the settlement from Fox 13 can be seen here.