Cubs Facing Federal Review for Alleged Disabilities Act Violations in Wrigley Field Renovations

The U.S. Department of Justice is considering launching an investigation into the Chicago Cubs.
The U.S. Department of Justice is considering launching an investigation into the Chicago Cubs. | Rob Carr/Getty Images

Facing an imperative offseason in terms of addressing the future of supposed cornerstone players, this is the last sort of headache that the Chicago Cubs needed to have materialize.

To make matters worse, the allegations against the organization are, quite frankly, pretty alarming.

Remember the $1 billion renovation of Wrigley Field that began back in 2014? Well, apparently, it woefully failed to address the hospitality of disabled fans.

Back in 2017, Chicago attorney David Cerda sued the Cubs on behalf of his son, who uses a wheelchair, alleging that Wrigley Field didn't provide enough wheelchair-accessible seating.

Now, in the wake of the lawsuit and completion of the project, the U.S. Department of Justice is seriously considering launching a review to determine if the repairs comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires the Cubs to administer "no less than 217 wheelchair accessible seats."

To say that the franchise failed to meet that mandate, is an understatement. During the 2018 campaign, only 42 (!) wheelchair-handy seats were provided at Wrigley Field.

Unfortunately, the Cubs defended their actions by claiming that the age of their stadium (105 years) would make the club absolved from meeting ADA regulations.

Yikes.

The allegations could prove to become a massive black eye on the Cubs organization, so stay tuned for updates on the findings of the Department of Justice.