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Cubs Sued Over Wheelchair Accessibly Changes at Wrigley Field

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Chicago Cubs fans visit Wrigley Field on October 24, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 09:35 AM

The Chicago Cubs are being sued by a 20-year-old fan claiming that recent renovations at Wrigley Field left the venue with limited access for wheelchairs, Yahoo Sports reported.

The lawsuit was filed in December by David F. Cerda, who has been bound to a wheelchair for 10 years after being diagnosed with the genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

According to the suit, David F. Cerda used to regularly attend games and would enjoy sitting in the designated wheelchair seating areas in the right field bleachers and behind the home plate, CBS News reported.

That was until renovations commenced in 2014. Two years later David F. Cerda was disappointed when he returned to the ballpark with his father, Chicago attorney David A. Cerda, who will represent him in the case.

"You had very nice accessible seating in the right field bleachers," said David A. Cerda of attending games before renovations took place, according to CBS News. "David was very unhappy when they eliminated the seating in the right field bleachers."

According to the suit, the $750 million renovation project resulted in wheelchair accessible sections being removed from the right-field bleachers while wheelchair accessible seats behind the home plate were pushed back several rows, The Chicago Tribune said.

As a result, the suit claims spectators seated at these locations could not see the "whole play of field."

According to Yahoo Sports, the Cubs owners are violating the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, which requires "that wheelchair spaces be an integral part of the seating plan at Wrigley Field."

David A. Cerda argued that the team's decision to remove the wheelchair accessible seating was "a willful decision they made for more profit —they make more money out of an area with a bar."

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