Wheelchair users attending Penn State University football games are upset that the ADA parking has been moved over two miles away — the lot furthest from the stadium — due to campus construction projects. Under the new system, fans who need accessible parking are directed to Innovation Park, where 11 shuttles are designated to ferry them to and from Beaver Stadium. Only five of those shuttles — most of which are just yellow school buses — are lift-equipped.
Lisa Watts and her husband Randy Flanagan, who uses a scooter, are among the Nittany Lion fans who arrived at Innovation Park to be shuttled to the stadium. “There were several wheelchair patrons waiting and they indicated that each bus could only take three wheelchair users at a time,” says Watts, a two-time Penn State alumna.
They say their trip was treacherous because the driver didn’t properly restrain the passengers using wheelchairs. “An elderly woman fell backwards in her wheelchair and hit her head on a plastic guard,” says Watts. Flanagan yelled several times for the driver to stop and help the fallen passenger. They barely made it in time for kick-off and after the