This was one of five images (PHIL# 9139 - 9143), depicting four rotating, folding stadium seats: two in the 'open' position; two in the closed-rotated position, which created a space in which a wheelchair was parked. These seats provided a unique level of flexibility for patrons of spectator events, where fixed seats were typically installed. Designed to provide the same range of seating options to people who use wheelchairs or scooters, they were able to be installed in either newly constructed or modified projects. The design combined two seat assemblies mounted and articulated from a single post. This flexibility allowed people using wheelchairs to sit with friends and family members, and therefore, feel integrated with the general public. A walking person could also use a seat, fold it up, or swing it to the side, and in this way, exit the row or aisle behind, while not disturbing the occupants of adjacent seats.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
November 3, 2012