Sad Discriminating Prices For Handicapped

Posted: July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
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rockband_specs“You should create a work that is so valuable it might eventually sell at a high price, but you’ve got to concentrate on how you create that artwork.”~ Yayoi Kusama

I’ve recently made the discovery that two very well known bands are coming to town here this weekend.

KISS and Def Leppard are touring together and they WILL be here this coming Saturday.

Now granted that I have no idea what the accessibility issue is going to be like at this venue, I went ahead and checked to see what ticket prices were running. After all this was KISS and Def Leppard. TICKETeating Chart - Orchestra with wheelchair

There were wheelchair accessible seating available at the venue. Some of these seats set aside SPECIFICALLY for it. But well over $112 for tickets!!!

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!!!!!!

It is the law to have accessible seating for people with disabilities. That’s just going to be available at any venue you go to. If not, someone’s going to be in big trouble. But this was no different. There were seats. And tickets were flying as high as well over $200 a piece. And I do not know a single soul who would spend that much money on tickets.

I nearly spent $187.50 on a ticket in Boston, Massachusetts but it wouldn’t come to be. To this day, I blame my ex on that. So I have to ask myself if I feel that KISS and Def Leppard are worth $200.

Answer: No.

I’m not going to spend that much money on tickets to see those two particular bands. I am not even willing to spend $112 on “accessible seating” at a venue where I know I am going to be dealing with people who are standing 100% of the time during the entire show from beginning to end, thus causing the chance of me missing out on everything and not seeing anything. ticketscaesars_palace

Yes, some of these places have large screens. But its not the same as watching something happening with your own eyes on stage. I always try to watch the real thing instead of the large screens. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

But it annoys the crap out of me because I do not think that whomever builds these venues KNOW that the ADA is there for me… so they HAVE to make an exception. But they don’t bother with the quality of their selection. I could be in the far back for all they care, as long as it was a space for a wheelchair… then they obeying the law. They could care less what I see or don’t see.

Even those who do make the exception for the people who are in wheelchairs or have a disability… they rack up the prices just like every other ticket in the section or group or whatever. What makes them think that all disabled people have the same finances?

Hell, if I had the same finances as some this blog probably would have turned into a music blog a very long time ago and it would be nothing but. But the finances are not the same. And I receive far less than people realize or what you would like to think that I get.

I’m tired of feeling abused like this. (But unlike the person in the last blog post, I am not going to sue for ten million dollars.) I’m really burned out at the fact that prices are getting ridiculous for tickets. And to be honest I would really love to know what it is that makes these bands so special that I am paying $125 or more for a ticket!!!!

Get real people. I don’t care who is paying what for whatever. Throwing the disabled community into the fire because of overpriced tickets is ridiculous. And don’t give me that crap about how everything else is expensive.

So screw that, I’m going to see Fear Control play again for the whatever-eth time. I’ve lost count by now.

 

Comments
  1. A.M. says:

    My friend’s long time boyfriend is also in a wheelchair, and they LOVE going to concerts, but have been faced with the same challenges as you have. Last summer they saw Limp Bizkit and part of the crowd saw that Don really couldn’t see. So they put him on their shoulders for the encore. It was so very sweet of them, and he still talks about it a year later.

  2. Aussa Lorens says:

    I’d never thought about this :-/ It takes someone speaking out to make people realize there are situations like this.

    • Dambreaker says:

      Its rather one of the many parts or reasons as to why this blog exists. People do not understand the hardships and challenges that I and others with physical disabilities must face. So it is up to Me to edumacate en masse. Even if it sounds like a bloody rant or that I have gone into bitch mode. The education is still there. And if I can change at least ONE PERSON’s perception on what the world means to those with disabilities, I feel as if I have done very well at My job.

  3. jamichka says:

    It doesn’t make any sense to put the handicapped seats BEHIND other seats. Especially at a music concert where people will be on their feet the whole time. It’s not like musical theatre, where people politely and quietly sit the whole time, and it’s not like we don’t know what goes on at concerts and can’t be prepared for them. Bad judgment putting those seats where they are on the diagram.

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