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Displaced fans allowed in stadium to watch Super Bowl on monitors

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The NFL has announced that the 400 fans whose Super Bowl tickets weren’t honored because temporary seating in Cowboys Stadium wasn’t available were let into the building — but only to watch the games either on monitors or in standing-room only sections.

According to the league’s announcement, fans could watch the game on monitors or from standing room platforms in each corner of the stadium. Better than nothing, but not as good as the NFL, you know, actually providing seats for all the fans who bought one.

The league also said it would give fans triple their money back on $800 tickets, which would mean every ticket holder gets $2,400. That won’t be enough to compensate fans who paid more than face value, or compensate fans for their travel costs. Furthermore, the league’s statement that it’s refunding triple the value of $800 seats conflicts with a previous statement that the face value of the seats was $900. I talked to fans before the game who were holding $900 tickets.

The NFL added a typical PR line to conclude its statement: “We regret the situation and apologize for the inconvenience it caused. We will conduct a full review of this matter.”

Finally, the NFL explained that it was able to relocate 850 of the displaced fans because “We routinely hold back tickets in the event problems may arise. In addition, the Cowboys and the NFL returned tickets.”

But in this case a problem did arise, and the NFL didn’t hold back enough tickets.

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30 Responses to “Displaced fans allowed in stadium to watch Super Bowl on monitors”
  1. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 6, 2011 7:51 PM

    Looks like a time for these folks to exchange info and hire a lawyer. Sue the NFL for breach of contract (selling tickets to events when they had not enough seating).

    Ought to be good for a small 5 figure settlement….

  2. drgfri says: Feb 6, 2011 7:52 PM

    Sounds like they got the shaft. Kinda like the entire 49ers locker room and media when Charles Haley was there (what a sick dude).

  3. philwauke says: Feb 6, 2011 7:53 PM

    Wow…spend 3 or 4 grand to watch it on tv? Way to step up nfl.

  4. lbijake says: Feb 6, 2011 7:53 PM

    Jerry Jones, cheap POS. Lousy owner, lousy stadium builder.

  5. donlou52 says: Feb 6, 2011 7:55 PM

    Can someone point out that this fiasco is due to the NFL and their decisions and NOT Jerry Jones and the Cowboys? The NFL controls the seating and stadium stuff for the SB.

  6. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 6, 2011 7:56 PM

    Ticket to Super Bowl $900
    Room $800
    Food $400
    Souvenirs $300
    Transport $600

    Watching the game on a 21 inch monitor over a concession stand in the bowels of Jerry Jones Pleasure Dome? Priceless!!

  7. zaggs says: Feb 6, 2011 7:56 PM

    So it wasn’t simply empty seats were filled but others were forced to give up their tickets.

  8. jodave5 says: Feb 6, 2011 8:10 PM

    Talk about pissed! WOW! Honey, we got tickets to the Super Bowl! WE ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL TO SEE OUR TEAM!!!!….We, what, no seat, no what, wait…huh? But I paid…….Another great job by the NFL screwing the fans. How in the hell were the seats not ready? They’ve only known they were hosting the Super Bowl for about 4 years?????

  9. liquidalfa says: Feb 6, 2011 8:11 PM

    I think Jacksonville has been passed as the worst Super Bowl host ever.

  10. dgstan says: Feb 6, 2011 8:16 PM

    I’m confused. 400 fans were displaced, yet the NFL relocated 850 of them.

    Also, why is no one talking about the horrible condition of the field? Players are dropping like flies. And why does everyone’s helmet have water drops on it? Is the field wet? I thought it was indoors.

  11. stadanko says: Feb 6, 2011 8:21 PM

    If any other host city had done this poorly then they would not have another chance, but the sad fact is we all know Jerry will have this swept under the rug and they’ll host another one in 4 or 5 years.

  12. stadanko says: Feb 6, 2011 8:21 PM

    If any other host city had done this poorly then they would not have another chance, but the sad fact is we all know Jerry will have this swept under the rug and they’ll host another one in 4 or 5 years.

  13. macker1283 says: Feb 6, 2011 8:32 PM

    I’d take the standing room only

  14. mrone50 says: Feb 6, 2011 9:04 PM

    The only good that can come out of this is if one of those fans is the guy from that never miss a Super Bowl commercial. zing!

  15. vahawker says: Feb 6, 2011 9:07 PM

    Maybe DeIdiot will get fans to boycott the combine

  16. motastic85 says: Feb 6, 2011 9:17 PM

    there was plenty of seating in GW s box. and I bet there is plenty of space in jones box. but of course those accomidations would be too nice for lowly $900 ticket holders.

  17. toe4 says: Feb 6, 2011 9:42 PM

    Super bowl game.. epic.

    Super bowl host city… epic fail.

  18. reidstinks says: Feb 6, 2011 10:15 PM

    What was the weather in NY, excuse me, northern New Jersey today? Dallas will hold the honor of worst SB host ever until the game is held in New Jersey.

  19. nofunleague says: Feb 6, 2011 10:31 PM

    $800 seats, no good…. fail
    Halftime show….fail
    Steelers and their fans….fail
    Green Bay wins….priceless.

    Now all Steeler fans STFU.

  20. ham1 says: Feb 6, 2011 10:34 PM

    Welcome to Dallas and your seat isnt where you thought it was.
    Skelator spent quite a bit of time on TV inflating his ego when he should have been taking care of business. Manage your businees knucklehead, get the ice off the roof and make sure people get seats they paid for instead of running your piehole.
    Cheap azz operation run by an egomaniac.

  21. oldhamletman says: Feb 6, 2011 10:54 PM

    this sb host was a disaster from the start…. 2400 does not begin to do it…. theres nothing like spending 5gs to go to Dallas in the worst weather of the decade and get screwed out of a lifetime dream….

  22. tluke25 says: Feb 6, 2011 10:54 PM

    $2500 isn’t nearly enough compensation. That only covers the ticket price and traveling expenses. They should certainly look into a class action settlement.

  23. thetooloftools says: Feb 6, 2011 10:56 PM

    Hold a Super Bowl in Cleveland.
    You will need 8,000 plus tickets for the retards here.

  24. lbijake says: Feb 6, 2011 11:36 PM

    At least no presidents got shot in Dallas this time.

  25. realfootballfan says: Feb 6, 2011 11:39 PM

    Has there been a bigger disaster than this Super Bowl week? That New York Super Bowl is looking great right about now, just hope they don’t have a blizzard like this year going in 2014.

  26. wallyhorse says: Feb 6, 2011 11:40 PM

    The New York weather was fine:

    Seasonable with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s at kickoff and around the freezing mark when the game ended.

    As for this, if I’m Godell, I immediately announced is the displaced fans will for the rest of their lives have seats on or near the 50 yard line and have all expenses paid for EVERY Super Bowl. The publicity from that make good would more than pay back the actual expenses of such.

  27. wallyhorse says: Feb 6, 2011 11:41 PM

    Correcting my last post:

    >>As for this, if I’m Godell, I immediately announce the displaced fans will for the rest of their lives have seats on or near the 50 yard line and have all expenses paid for EVERY Super Bowl. The publicity from that make good would more than pay back the actual expenses of such.>>

  28. contract says: Feb 7, 2011 12:43 AM

    Aside from the actual game … this Super Bowl in Dallas was FUBAR.

  29. db105 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:59 AM

    Those seats were in the 300 level endzone. Stubhub price was over 3K for those seats.

  30. newreality1 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:09 PM

    DISPLACED FANS Definition: totally , royaly,screwed working class folks. No red carpet for them. They could have watched the game back home at the tavern on the big screen and had a great NFL experience. But Nooooooooooooooooooooooo , they had to go all the way to texas to get the LONGHORN. Jerry, I knowwwwwwwwwwwww even you had to be embarrased. Maybe the next time you and goddal come to lambeau we can give you a couple brats and I dont mean to eat!

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