What The Standards Are For Disabled Access

Sporting Venues:  

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built in 1909, was found to have more than 360 violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. / Greg Griffo / The Star

ADA standards mean new sports venues must meet certain requirements.

>> Wheelchair accessible seating is required. At least 1 percent of the seating must be wheelchair seating locations.
>> Each wheelchair seating location is an open, level space that accommodates one person using a wheelchair and has a smooth, stable, and slip-resistant surface.
>> Accessible seating must be an integral part of the seating plan so that people using wheelchairs are not isolated from other spectators or their friends or family.
>> A companion seat must be provided next to each wheelchair seating location.
>> Wheelchair seating locations must be provided in all areas, including sky boxes and specialty areas.
>> Whenever more than 300 seats are provided, wheelchair seating locations must be provided in more than one location.
>> Wheelchair seating locations must be dispersed throughout all seating areas and provide a choice of admission prices and views comparable to those for the general public.
>> Wheelchair seating locations must be on an accessible route that provides access from parking and transportation areas and that connects to all public areas, including concessions, restaurants, restrooms, public telephones, and exits.
>> Wheelchair seating locations must provide lines of sight comparable to those provided to other spectators. In stadiums where spectators can be expected to stand during the show or event (for example, football, baseball, basketball games, or rock concerts), all or substantially all of the wheelchair seating locations must provide a line of sight over standing spectators.

— Source: U.S. Department of Justice