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.