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Case Name Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition v. Colorado Rockies Baseball Club DR-CO-0011
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-00034-ABJ-MJW ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Case Summary
On January 6, 2003, Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Rockies baseball club in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado after it removed accessible seats in Coors Field and raised prices on others.

Plaintiffs, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Inc., was a ... read more >
On January 6, 2003, Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Rockies baseball club in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado after it removed accessible seats in Coors Field and raised prices on others.

Plaintiffs, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Inc., was a Denver, Colorado non-profit corporation that advocated for the disabled, a Colorado resident with spina bifida who used a wheelchair for mobility, and his father Plaintiff who accompanied him to baseball games alleged that prior to 2001, the defendant provided wheelchair accessible seats at Coors Field behind home plate, which were the only accessible seats providing a front-row or "near-in" viewing experience at the infield. These seats were $27 to $38. Inaccessible seats in the same location were approximately $100.

In 2001, to create a luxury seating area, the defendant raised the prices on the accessible seats behind home plate to $100 and removed some of the seats, leaving no affordable equivalent viewpoint for disabled individuals. The Plaintiffs' complaint brought a single count under the Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12181 et seq. The plaintiffs asked for declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief.

On June 2, 2003, the court denied the defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint. On April 2, 2004, the court denied the defendant's motion for partial summary judgment, in a published opinion. Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition v. Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, Ltd., 336 F. Supp. 2d 1141 (D. Col. 2004). The defendant argued that clustering accessible seating at the top of certain sections in the ballpark was permissible under the ADA. The court denied the motion, noting that "The Rockies may not 'ghettoize' wheelchair spaces or designate a few token wheelchair spaces in the luxury seating areas as has been done."

A trial took place from April 19 to April 22, 2004. On August 31, 2004, the court granted a joint stipulated dismissal with prejudice of all claims. It is unclear whether the parties settled and if so what the terms of that agreement are. This order is the last entry on the docket. No documents are available through PACER.

Eric Weiler - 06/07/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, Ltd.
Plaintiff Description Disabled visitors to Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball Club
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing DR-CO-0012 : Lucas v. Colorado Rockies Baseball Calub (D. Colo.)
Docket(s)
1:03-cv-00034-ABJ-MJW (D. Colo.) 08/31/2004
DR-CO-0011-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/06/2003
DR-CO-0011-0001 PDF | Detail
Plaintiffs' Surreply Brief In Opposition to Defendant's Motion For Partial Summary Judgment 03/01/2004
DR-CO-0011-0002 PDF | Detail
Plaintiffs' Proposed Findings Of Fact And Conclusions Of Law 03/15/2004
DR-CO-0011-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Defendant's Motion For Partial Summary Judgment 04/02/2004 (336 F.Supp.2d 1141) (D. Colo.)
DR-CO-0011-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Johnson, Alan Bond (D. Wyo.) [Magistrate]
DR-CO-0011-0004 | DR-CO-0011-9000
Watanabe, Michael J. (D. Colo.) [Magistrate]
DR-CO-0011-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)
DR-CO-0011-0001 | DR-CO-0011-0002 | DR-CO-0011-0003
Robertson, Amy Farr (Colorado)
DR-CO-0011-0001 | DR-CO-0011-0002 | DR-CO-0011-0003 | DR-CO-0011-9000
Williams, Kevin William (Colorado)
DR-CO-0011-0001 | DR-CO-0011-0002 | DR-CO-0011-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Oade, K. Preston Jr. (Colorado)
DR-CO-0011-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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