Donors get disabled parking at Evansville basketball games

In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 photo, a modernized handicapped sign is affixed to a door at the The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Fla. Advocates want to replace the familiar image of a stick figure in a wheelchair with this action-oriented logo to emphasize ability, not disability. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Twenty-five parking spaces previously dedicated for disabled people to use at University of Evansville basketball games are being given to financial donors.

In the past, fans with disability permits have parked in a Civic Center lot with 68 spaces and crossed a street to get to games at the Ford Center. But this season, 25 spaces in the back of the lot will be protected for VIP use.

Athletic Director Mark Spencer tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the school’s contract with the city includes 25 parking spots for donors on the south side of the Ford Center, but that the lot is about to filled with construction equipment.

Spencer says the city offered Civic Center spaces to meet its contractual obligation, and that it was the school’s only option.

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