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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Indignities like those suffered by Thomas and Annmarie Sartor at the New Orleans Saints' season opener earlier this month are part of the reason the team and the entities that run the Louisiana Superdome are drawing the attention of the ...

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Disabled seating in Superdome draws Department of Justice attention

Indignities like those suffered by Thomas and Annmarie Sartor at the New Orleans Saints' season opener earlier this month are part of the reason the team and the entities that run the Louisiana Superdome are drawing the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Sartors, who live in Monroe, are dedicated Saints fans who have attended several of the team's games in the Superdome in each of the past two seasons.Thomas, 47, has been a paraplegic since 1980 and uses a wheelchair.
The Sartors said they've experienced several problems in the last two years with the way the team handles seating for mobility-limited fans, but nothing like what they went through the night of the Saints' Sept. 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Sartors paid about $500 for tickets purchased on the Saints' website from a season ticket holder and made the trip down to New Orleans the night before the game.
Because Saints' season tickets have been sold out for the last few years, mobility-limited fans who are not season-ticket holders cannot purchase tickets specifically designated for areas of the Superdome that are set up for such fans.
Instead, the Saints' ticket office instructs mobility-limited fans who purchase individual game tickets from season ticket holders to have the tickets reassigned to one of the Superdome's four floor-level wheelchair platforms upon arrival for the game.
But when the Sartors showed up for the game against the Vikings, they spent more than two hours before the game getting passed from the ticket office to guest services, and team employees insisted that the wheelchair platforms were full and denied the Sartors a place on a platform.
Instead, the couple was offered a seat in the club area, which would only allow them to watch the game on television with no view of the field.
After investing so much time and money to see the game, the Sartors said they did not intend to watch the game on TV.

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Payton must not be aware of these types of issues. He would have that taken care of before lunch. He appreciates ALL the fans, but especially the ones who have endured a tragedy. The PR dept. better take good care of this because if we continue winning someone will make this an issue that could over ride the good things that this team has done for the fans. Besides, it's just the right thing to do.
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