Five sections of temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium have been deemed unsafe to use on Super Bowl Sunday, according to a report from Chris Myers of FOX.
As Florio mentioned earlier, this is an incredible failure by the NFL and Cowboys Stadium that isn’t rectified simply by paying off the ticket holders three times the face value of the tickets.
It’s unclear just how many fans are affected. Myers reported 1,000 fans would not have a seat. Based on our view, that looks right.
A widely repeated radio report said that 6,000-9,000 fans could lose their seats, but that number appears incorrect. (We believe that number is the total number of temporary seats. The majority of them are able to be used.)
Many of the temporary seats in the upper decks have recently started filling in. PFT heard that those ticket holders were being held back by Stadium officials for a while, until eventually the sections were deemed ready for use. FOX reported that five areas of seating will ultimately be affected.
We can see four of the areas affected clearly from our spot in the press box. They are on the third level of the stadium (below the Cowboys ring of honor). One of the sections along the Packers goal line is covered with a black tarp. The section on the opposite side of the field is clearly unfinished and uncovered.
The other two sections we can spot are around the 15-yard line on the Steelers side. One of them has some spare gates and hand rails sitting there, apparently never to be completed.
The NFL is lucky the game is almost ready to start so they don’t get a chance to screw anything else up.