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Permit approved to upgrade Liberty Bowl

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(WMC-TV) - The building permit to renovate the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is approved. The upgrades are expected to cost $9,120,307.

The Memphis City Council previously approved a $12 million plan to upgrade stadium with the expectation of being reimbursed by the federal government.  The deal was reached to avoid a lawsuit, which was threatened by the Department of Justice if changes were not made within one year.

The list of violations for the stadium spanned 23 pages.

Currently, people who use wheelchairs face 187 access violations. They cannot see over the concession stands, cannot reach some paper towel dispensers, and some water fountains are also out of reach. They are also limited to one area of the stadium.

In November 2012, it was revealed that on top of wheelchair-friendly upgrades, the city plans to add 282 wheelchair spaces and 282 companion seats. The stadium will lose about 1,800 of its 61,000 seats in the process.

According to the permit filed Friday, the architect now in charge of the project is O.T. Marshall Architects. Martin Contractors will do the work.

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