Quadriplegic Saints fan accuses Superdome operators of being in violation of federal law


Shelby Bailey (WDSU)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — A federal court case is underway after a New Orleans Saints season ticket holder with muscular dystrophy accused the operators of the Superdome of not doing enough to accommodate the disabled.

Shelby Bailey, who filed the suit, said he can’t see what’s going on at games.

Bailey is on a breathing tube and is a quadriplegic. Bailey said for years he was able to enjoy the games, but in 2011 changes were made to his seating spot. He said when people stand up he cannot see the game and there is also a large barrier that obstructs his view.

Attorneys fired back, saying the Superdome is in compliance with the number of handicap seats needed and the line of sight requirements also meet guidelines.

Still, Bailey remains hopeful.

“Very difficult. I am still upset about it because it really shouldn’t be all of this,” Bailey said. “It seems like the Saints could step in or somebody to fix this.”

A spokesperson said it is the policy of the LSED and SMG not to comment on matters that are the subject of pending ongoing litigation.

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