Feds order major upgrades at Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal authorities have ordered Memphis to get the Liberty Bowl up to disability access requirements by September 2010.

The Justice Department ordered Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades that are expected to cost $40 million.

City Attorney Elbert Jefferson told The Commercial Appeal the improvements will be "a humongous undertaking."

Mayor Willie Herenton said the federal timeline is impractical.

The City Council has already approved funds for engineering work toward adding 219 wheelchair spaces and as many companion seats.

Federal authorities told the city to provide 600 seats for disabled people to keep the 43-year-old stadium at the Mid-South Fairgrounds open.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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