Lawsuit Targets Colorado Concert Venue

panoramic view of big crowd of people at outdoor amphitheater among the red rock formations of in Denver

by Andy Jones
December 9, 2016

A new class-action lawsuit, filed December 1, asserts that the city of Denver is violating federal law by failing to make the Red Rocks Amphitheater accessible to people with disabilities.

“They just want to be able to get in, to make sure if anybody is in the accessible seats that doesn’t need to be, that the staff actually say hey do you need to be here because of a disability, and if they say no, then they are moved,” Alison Daniels, legal director at Disability Law Colorado, told Colorado Public Radio.

The 70-row venue only has two rows designated for people whom use wheelchairs: the first and the 70th row. Especially in the first row, people without mobility disabilities often take the designated  seats, while concert staff fail to enforce the seating policies, the lawsuit asserts.

As such, the advocates allege, the venue fails to provide “meaningful access” to people with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Along with Disability Law Colorado, the six plaintiffs are represented by the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

A video about the lawsuit from KUSA9 News can be viewed here.

Disability Rights Washington and Disability Law Colorado are the designated protection and advocacy agencies in Washington and Colorado, respectively, and are members of the National Disability Rights Network.