XL Center settles lawsuit over access for disabled

Hartford  (AP) — Hartford's XL Center has agreed to improve access for disabled patrons after a federal investigation into a complaint the arena was not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Under terms of the settlement announce Tuesday by acting Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly, the arena's management will add accessible bathrooms and seats and make other improvements.

The initial complaint was brought by New Haven lawyer Michelle Duprey, an advocate for the disabled, after she attended a 2009 Bruce Springsteen concert. She says she found several problems, including her view from the arena's wheelchair seating area, which she says was obstructed.

Daly says XL Center, city and state officials cooperated in addressing the complaint. She says federal authorities will monitor the arena for three years, to ensure compliance.

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