August 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Operator agrees to make Joe Louis Arena more accessible to people with disabilities

Detroit — The operator of Joe Louis Arena has reached a settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to make the home venue of the Detroit Red Wings more accessible to people with disabilities.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announced the deal Wednesday. The settlement agreement with Olympia Entertainment Inc. resolves a complaint filed by a patron with a disability who was unable to attend Red Wing games at The Joe. The arena was built prior to the American Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.

“This agreement provides people with disabilities with much improved access to enjoy events at Joe Louis Arena, and perhaps even more importantly, ensures full and equal opportunity at Olympia’s new events center for generations of hockey fans to come” said U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade in the press statement. She was referring to the new arena that is slated to begin construction soon.

Under the settlement agreement, Olympia will provide 45 wheelchair accessible seats. Olympia has also agreed to improve accessibility in restrooms, concession stands, restaurants, and clubs throughout the arena.

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