5,000 temporary seats will be added for Super Bowl


A year after efforts to expand Cowboys Stadium resulted in seats that weren’t ready and paying customers who were displaced and a class-action lawsuit that is still pending, the powers-that-be plan to add extra chairs to Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl XLVI.

Per the Indianapolis Business Journal, via SportsBusiness Daily, the NFL plans to add 5,000 seats for the Giants-Patriots game, pushing the capacity from 63,000 to 68,000.

When the bid was first made, the plan included expansion to 70,000.  More recently, only 254 extra seats were expected to be added.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP that last year’s experience “played a role” in the decision to keep the number under 70,000.

The most sparsely attended Super Bowl was the first one, which was played before Lamar Hunt had even coined the term.  For the AFL-NFL Championship Game at the L.A. Coliseum, only 61,946 showed up.  (When the game returned six years later, more than 90,000 were present.)

The second-lowest attendance came in 1992, when 63,130 witnessed the Redskins beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXVI in the Metrodome.

31 responses to “5,000 temporary seats will be added for Super Bowl

  1. Just went downtown to check out the Setup, people will be pleasantly surprised at Indy as a host. The downtown layout with the stadium so close basically turns the whole area into a SB Village. Indy already hosts Final Fours, both Big Ten FB/ BB Champs, and the 2 most attended Sporting Events in the world (500 and Brickyard).

    Got lucky and scored SB tix so all the better!

  2. New stadiums like Lucas Oil Field and U of Phoenix were built to handle added seats for events larger than a regular season NFL home game. Had Everbank Field been built 10-15 later, the “covered seat” stigma would not exist.

  3. 68,000 expected to attend.

    40,000 will go to players, coaches, owners and their familes.

    12,000 will go to NFL corporate sponsors

    12,000 will go to politicians, government officials and celebrities

    3,000 will go to league lawyers, accountants, etc.

    1,000 will go to REAL fans that win one of the MASSIVE allotment of 500 pairs available in the lottery

    Let in

  4. The NFL will squeeze every dime they can out of their Fans. They just charged me $10.00 for printing NFL in the previous sentence….oops make that $20.00

  5. If you’re stupid enough to pay for the obstructed view and other crap seats they are adding in you’ll get what you deserve. Probably watching the game on a TV like they did in Dallas last year.

  6. It is surprising that the NFL hasn’t opened the retractable roof and then placed folding chairs around the perimeter of the chasm to make a few more bucks.

    My two most vivid memories of Indianapolis are
    a (now-closed?) shopping venue in the converted Union Station as well as a towering monument downtown that I presume marks the graves of Robert Irsay and the then-Mayflower CEO.

  7. I can see it now, Rex Ryan throws a back slap when he and Manning meet up at the game.
    Manning to undergo a fifth neck surgery….
    Rex Ryan makes Youtube again.

  8. These aren’t temporary seats! The Star and IBJ have done a poor job of reporting. Check for yourself on NFL.com. Colts games regularly have 65,000+ in attendance. The AFC Championship game had almost 68,000. The vast majority aren’t temporary seats folks. The stadium already seats nearly 68,000 as is.

  9. Let’s do the math…

    Five thousand extra no doubt nosebleed quality seats for fans not belonging to the 1% group that will most likely cost a minimum of $500 each equals a cool $2,500,000 for a fat cat who’s gonna be fatter!

  10. I wonder how may ticket holders that lost their seats last year are going to this years game on the NFL’S dime.

  11. I don’t get it. 5,000 seats WILL BE added? The colts haven’t played there in weeks, why isn’t this finished already? Why risk it again?

  12. Any truth to the rumor that Jerruh is going to be the NFL’s consultant for the seat addition project??? LOL

  13. I wonder if the stadium will be half as loud as when the Colts are playing there… will someone pipe in extra crowd noise, or will we have to deal with the limited noise of a real crowd?

  14. That place only holds 63,000? Last time I was there, it sounded more like 85,000, but that’s with the pumped in crowd noise.

  15. Put in with minimum-wage labor I bet since Mitch Daniels don’t like unions in Indiana. NFLPA released a statement condemning Indiana’s Right to Work For Less Money Bill a few days ago. Wonder if they’ll comment now that it passed today.

  16. Ignorant comments…I’m a season ticket holder, and the northeast and southwest upper levels both have the space for additional seats to be installed. The concrete “stepping” is visible but normally obscured by two big advertising signs…those are gone now (Indy Star photo gallery). That’s where any additional seating will be most likely, as those areas were built with that purpose. All that’s needed is seats, steps, and handrails.

    No, there won’t be a Jerrah type fiasco here b/c Indianapolis actually knows how to host large events. No 45 minute bus rides between event sites, everything is within walking distance downtown. Hell you don’t even have to go outside b/c there are skywalks connecting everything. If Indy can handle 300,000 people every year for the Indy 500, they can handle the Super Bowl

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