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ROSE GARDEN RULING COULD POSE NEW QUESTIONS ON ARENA SEATING

          In a partial ruling on a lawsuit filed by handicapped
     patron Bob Pike against the Rose Garden, U.S. Magistrate
     Donald Ashmanskas ruled that the Americans With Disabilities
     Act (ADA) "did not require elevated seating for wheelchair
     areas" at the Rose Garden, according to Ashbel Green of the
     OREGONIAN.  But Ashmanskas' decision still leaves the arena
     with "several potentially expensive changes," as he ruled
     that wheelchair seats in the Rose Garden are "concentrated
     in less desirable parts of the arena," and ruled that the
     Rose Garden's 70 executive suites "violate" the ADA. 
     Ashmanskas also said "he was troubled by ticket-selling
     practices that prevent people in wheelchairs from buying the
     best seats."  The U.S. Dept. of Justice feels Ashmanskas
     "could expand" the arena design "debate with his handling of
     executive suites and ticket sales, which have far-reaching
     financial implications for arenas" (OREGONIAN 12/29).

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