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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.

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31 Responses to “5,000 temporary seats will be added for Super Bowl”
  1. vikingssoxfrustration says: Jan 25, 2012 3:11 PM

    Hope they do a better job of adding seats then Jerry Jones did…

  2. illiniftw says: Jan 25, 2012 3:11 PM

    Hopefully Indy remembers it snows here!

  3. wacco4flacco says: Jan 25, 2012 3:12 PM

    Good idea … that worked out well last year.

  4. xli2006 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:24 PM

    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!

  5. shackdelrio says: Jan 25, 2012 3:28 PM

    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.

  6. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 25, 2012 3:34 PM

    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

  7. dmartin17 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:40 PM

    The good news you get to go to the Super Bowl! The bad news is: Two weeks in Indy!

  8. nickster31 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:40 PM

    WOW, what a great idea! I just hope they don’t use the same plans Jerry Jones used last year.

  9. briang123 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:42 PM

    What could possibly go wrong?

  10. footballprophet says: Jan 25, 2012 3:43 PM

    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

  11. ljtola says: Jan 25, 2012 3:45 PM

    Maybe they’ll clear all the mice out to make more room.,0,

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:55 PM

    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.

  13. dempsey63 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:55 PM

    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.

  14. rcali says: Jan 25, 2012 4:13 PM

    Is that old lady still doing the halftime show? She was awesome on Golden Girls.

  15. djaehne says: Jan 25, 2012 4:33 PM

    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.

  16. rculross7 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:45 PM

    These aren’t temporary seats! The Star and IBJ have done a poor job of reporting. Check for yourself on 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.

  17. eddddddd says: Jan 25, 2012 4:49 PM

    How many seats are they adding to the parking lot?

  18. chadmurdigan says: Jan 25, 2012 4:51 PM

    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!

  19. fbnumberone says: Jan 25, 2012 5:04 PM

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

  20. scomibord says: Jan 25, 2012 5:14 PM

    Will they be ready and available by kickoff????

  21. donttazemebro says: Jan 25, 2012 5:56 PM

    Still can’t afford it

  22. bc01red says: Jan 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    Are those seats for the fans who got screwed out of seats last year?

  23. eaglesfan84 says: Jan 25, 2012 6:42 PM

    will these seats be sold? If so I see another lawsuit in the NFL future.

  24. jm91rs says: Jan 25, 2012 6:48 PM

    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?

  25. tommytd says: Jan 25, 2012 7:59 PM

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

  26. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 25, 2012 8:09 PM

    The halftime show isn’t going to have the Black Eyed Peas again is it?

  27. joyjoy69 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:11 PM

    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?

  28. buzzbissinger says: Jan 25, 2012 9:38 PM

    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.

  29. pecosbob says: Jan 25, 2012 11:59 PM

    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.

  30. lookatthefarside says: Jan 26, 2012 6:04 AM

    If a SB ticket holder shows up, will the stench of rat feces overcome the B.S. from the colts FO or the other way around?

  31. cmgww says: Jan 26, 2012 11:12 AM

    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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