Def Leppard fan misses concert due to parking issues

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Thousands of people rocked out at the Def Leppard and KISS concert at USANA Amphitheatre on Monday night.

But Anne Patrick and her daughter were stuck outside. The two women say they missed the show because all of the disabled parking spaces were full, so they were directed to the general parking area.

To get to the venue Patrick had to walk a long distance and steep, rocky hill. So instead, they gave up.

As the two started to leave they noticed others, who were also turned away from the handicap parking lot, struggling to make their way to the amphitheater.

“It was horrifying for me to see. I saw people in wheelchairs trying to be pushed over it -- their wheelchairs were wobbling and people in crutches were trying to walk over it and it was extremely far from the venue,” said Patrick.

Patrick said she isn't seeking refund or a lawsuit she just wants the venue to have enough handicapped spots for everyone who needs one or finds another way to get them to the show.

18 comments

  • Jodi

    When attending the Lionel Richie concert earlier in the month at Usana, my friend and I nearly had the same experience. We were told by the parking attendant, “good luck” in finding a handicapped parking space. Luckily, there was one left, but there were other cars still trying to find a handicapped space. Obviously more handicapped spaces need to be made.

  • Kenny

    This headline cracked me up. I mean…..really? This is news? “Def Leppard fan can’t find parking space.”

    I thought I accidentally clicked on The Onion.

    • Joy Watkins Esplin

      Or why didn’t her daughter drop her off? I feel her pain, I too am Handicapped I could not have made that walk…back issues. But I am sure whoever went with me would have been happy to drop off and pick me up.

  • Michelle

    They used to have golf carts. I used to be in a wheel chair. Several years ago when me and my husband went to Usana to see Metallica. They gave me a ride to the parking lot while my husband pushed my chair.

  • Creig N

    By law they only have to have a certain number of spots. USANA is a newer venue so I know they are in compliance. What needs to happen is handicap placards need not be handed out so easily to those who may not need it and family members should not be letting others borrow their placards. this is not the fault of the venue by any means.

  • kabrja butters

    Maybe the answer is the ease of obtaining handicapped status, allowing those who should be able to park elsewhere to take spots meant for truly disabled individuals. This woman on the news has a mild problem, one that I share, but I would never consider using a handicapped space! she should have considered having her NON “handicapped” daughter drop her off and pick her up, she could have parked and walked…geeezzzzz think outside the box people!!

  • Scott Smith

    Parking that evening was a nightmare. Worst I have ever seen at Usana. Had to hike in over a mile myself. They know if it’s a sellout or not and maybe could designate a area of the lot just for handicap.

  • Lynnette Weeks

    Many years ago I had this problem. I was told that if I had mentioned I needed handicapped parking when I ordered my ticket they would have sent me a parking pass for a spot in a special handicapped lot. The regular handicapped spots were first come first serve and when there were no more you had to park in general parking.

  • Gabby Flyn

    I was there and I saw usana staff using golf carts to transport handicapped individuals, perhaps she should’ve tried to find a solution instead of whining, giving up and going to the news. If you want something bad enough you’ll figure out how to do it.

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