As the NFL continues to deal with the temporary seating fiasco that affected Super Bowl XLV, the league announced today that 2,000 fans in temporary seating sections will be offered either a refund of the face-value price of their tickets or a free ticket to a future Super Bowl.
The NFL said that the 2,000 fans getting the offer “were significantly delayed in gaining pre-game access to their seats due to the problems with the installation of some of the temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium.”
Fans who were affected are urged to go to NFL.com/sb45reseating and enter their information to get their refund or ticket to a future Super Bowl.
The deal for these 2,000 fans is separate from the offer made to the 400 fans who were denied a seat. Those 400 got a worse deal on Super Bowl Sunday but are getting a better offer for compensation: A choice between $2,400 cash plus a free ticket to next year’s Super Bowl or a free ticket to any future Super Bowl plus round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.
The NFL and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted to set a new Super Bowl attendance record at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday, and the league sold more tickets for more temporary seating than could be finished by game day. We hope that they’re sure they have space for the 2,400 fans who have been promised free seats at the 2012 Super Bowl, if those fans want those seats.
And we hope there is a 2012 Super Bowl. In an ominous sign that a work stoppage could become an even bigger black eye for the league than the current seating mess, today’s NFL announcement on the matter said, “In the event of a work stoppage that impacts next year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis, the fan would have a choice of one free ticket to the next Super Bowl.”