Why Is The 2014 World Cup Going To Offer Special Seats For Obese Fans?
Has it really come to this? Have we really gotten so obese as a country—or, better yet, as a world—that we need to create special seats for people who are obese? Is this really necessary? Apparently, the answer to all of those questions is “YES!” because Brazil just announced that they will be offering special seats for obese people during the 2014 World Cup, which is set to be held next year in Rio de Janeiro. That will make the World Cup the first FIFA event to offer obese people special seating, and it will no doubt lead to other FIFA events and other large sporting events in general offering obese seating.
So, why is Brazil going ahead with their plan to offer obese people special seats? Well, it seems as though they’ve clumped obese people into the same category that includes wheelchair users as well as those who have limited mobility. These people are considered to have a disability that prevents them from buying a normal ticket, so they are given access to a small amount of available seats that are designated solely for their use. However, there are some requirements that those who wish to buy a ticket for obese seating must meet. For instance, fans wishing to purchase a ticket for an obese seat must provide evidence that they have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30. So, they’ll have to work harder than the average fan to get a seat, but they’ll be able to enjoy World Cup games in comfort once they get their ticket.
Do you think it’s a good idea for Brazil to designate special seats for the obese? On the one hand, it seems unfair that obese people might have better access to seats at high-profile games and events simply because of their weight. On the other hand, it will give non-obese people the opportunity to enjoy a game without the discomfort that can sometimes come along with sitting next to someone who is obese. But, it also seems like Brazil catering to obese people could cause issues for stadiums who don’t offer seating for the obese sometime in the near future.
So, where do you stand on the issue? Either way, obese seating is coming to the World Cup next year and to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio after that. So, you’d better get used to it. Because, if it becomes a hit, it could be coming to a stadium near you soon, whether you like it or not.