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Angels Offering Luxury Seat Discount To Fans In Wheelchairs As Part Of Lawsuit Settlement

The Angels are "offering prime seating at a deeply discounted price for fans who rely on a wheelchair for mobility and have expanded in-seat service to existing wheelchair seating areas at Angel Stadium this season," according to Eric Carpenter of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. The team is doing so in accordance with "the terms of a settlement in a federal lawsuit against the Angels and the city of Anaheim." The Angels will "sell tickets in the Diamond Club, the luxury seating area at the field level behind home plate, for $50 each to fans who verify they rely on the use of a wheelchair and a companion." Those tickets typically sell for $150. The settlement indicates that the $50 price "is the average of the weighted cost of [a] wheelchair seat and could go up along with other price increases in the future." The Angels also will "offer in-seat food-and-beverage service to the 32 wheelchair seats on the Terrace level -- behind Field level seats." The lawsuit was filed in '09 by J. Paul Charlebois of L.A., who "didn't seek monetary damages beyond attorney fees, only change at the stadium" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 4/17).
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