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University of Nevada, Reno set to take legal action over stadium failings

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is reportedly set to sue the architects responsible for the redevelopment of its Mackay Stadium after the work failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Reno Gazette Journal newspaper said UNR has decided to take action after being forced to spend $3.9m (£3.1m/€3.5m) to make alterations to renovation work overseen by the WorthGroup in 2015.

Mackay Stadium opened in 1966 and is currently home to UNR’s Nevada Wolf Pack men’s American football and women’s soccer teams. The stadium holds around 30,000 fans, which means it must comply with a law designating the number of spaces available for wheelchairs in a stadium with more than 25,600 seats.

WorthGroup is said to have made fixes to original failings in 2017, but this was still not enough for the stadium to be in line with the law. UNR spent $14m on the redevelopment project and the Gazette Journal said it will ask its Board of Regents on Friday to approve moving forward with litigation in federal court.

UNR hired Ed Roether, an architect and national expert on sports facilities, to review the stadium issues. Roether’s report stated: “The WorthGroup lacked sufficient knowledge of stadium seating design to adequately address the accessibility requirements.”

It added: “It has been my experience that sports facility designers would not have made some of the basic errors observed in the documents.”

Image: UNR