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XL Center settles lawsuit over access for disabled

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The XL Center has agreed to improve access for disabled patrons after a federal investigation into a complaint that the 16,000-seat arena was not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under terms of a settlement announced Tuesday by Deirdre Daly, the state’s acting US attorney, the arena’s management will add accessible bathrooms and seats, remove mobility impairments, install additional safety measures, and change some of its policies. 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 said she found several problems, including her view from the arena’s wheelchair seating area, which she said was obstructed.

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