World Cup special seating – An interesting development for the rights of obese people has developed in regards to the Brazilian World Cup and seating in it’s stadiums.
World Cup special seating
Under Brazilian disability laws obese people need to be catered for so that means that stadiums preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have installed seats roughly double the size of a standard seat and reenforced to support up to 560lbs.
Although they will be priced at roughly double a standard ticket they will give the opportunity for extra large fans to enjoy the games in comfort.
June’s Confederations Cup is coming up and will act as a dry run for the World Cup, these super-sized seats are being sold for this event.
Radar Online (link) also reports that the “Castelao venue in Fortaleza, boasts 120 ‘fat seats’ in its 64,000 capacity.”, not a huge amount but adequate I would imagine.
I think this is a good thing but there could be some potential problems.
- People wanting to have super comfort but who are not obese may decide to purchase the seats. I don’t know how they would police this!
- The seats are different colors which already points people out as being different and may lead to some forms of bullying! You may disagree here….
- There could be some argument that these seats slightly decrease the stadiums capacity and some people may miss out on tickets. Of course VIP seats have always been available without argument!
Still, I am interested in seeing how this works out and although it would be nice to have no obese people it is a genuine condition the world is facing and one that sometimes disability acts should be working to help. One day maybe it will be fixed but until that time people need help too.
What do you think?
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