The Rolling Stones have been accused of discriminatory accessibility pricing with one disabled fan claiming disabled seats are five times more expensive.
Michael Boyajian, who uses a walker after injuring his leg, has filed a complaint against Concerts West/AEG to the state Division of Human Rights.
When attempting to purchase tickets for the Rolling Stones’ show at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, US in June, the 60-year-old noticed accessibility prices started at $1,075 each, while regular seats costs $200.
“It blew my mind,” Boyajian told New York Daily News. “The baby boomers are their biggest rock ‘n’ roll fans, and we’re aging out now.”
Boyajian discovered that wheelchair-accessible seats were either immediately sold-out or simply did not exist. He also found accessible seating for people with hearing or sight impairments were also expensive and did not pertain to his needs.
The fan claims that the band is discriminating against disabled people and the scarcity of tickets is a “breach of (his) human rights.”
In his filing, Boyajian has requested that the band provides more accessible seats to all their future shows and requested accessible tickets for himself and his wife to see the band in New Jersey.
AEG and the Stones have not commented on the complaint. Ticketmaster, which administers the tickets, noted that venues are responsible for seating polices and pricing.
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