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Few displaced fans will attend this year’s Super Bowl free

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When about 3,200 fans were denied their seats at last year’s Super Bowl because of the temporary-seating debacle, one of the NFL’s offers to compensate them was a free trip to this year’s Super Bowl.

More than 90 percent of those fans turned that trip down.

The NFL told the Indianapolis Star that 246 fans took the NFL up on its offer and are heading to Indianapolis. That would mean about 3,000 will take another one of the NFL’s offers, or will pursue legal action to get better compensation than the league is offering.

Fans who didn’t want to go to this year’s Super Bowl had other options, including a trip to a future Super Bowl, or just settling the whole thing for $5,000. It’s not surprising that not many fans took the trip to this year’s game: Packers and Steelers fans would probably rather wait until their teams are back in the Super Bowl and accept the free tickets then, and a trip to Indianapolis in February isn’t exactly what most people view as a great travel destination.

Temporary seats will be used for this year’s Super Bowl, too, but the NFL insists that everything will be ready and no fans will be turned away.

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31 Responses to “Few displaced fans will attend this year’s Super Bowl free”
  1. tebowspeech says: Jan 27, 2012 6:29 PM

    If you’re a Steeler fan, you might be waiting a long time.

  2. claydefayette says: Jan 27, 2012 6:40 PM

    The fans are just waiting for Tebow to make the game…

  3. gmen212542 says: Jan 27, 2012 6:42 PM

    Adding extra seats seems greedy by the NFL. Adding too many shows the NFL is getting greedy.

  4. benmci says: Jan 27, 2012 6:42 PM

    I settled to early……all I got was a rain check to a Bucs game and a coupon for a warm beer. Roger G says I was getting a good`deal

  5. noburghfan says: Jan 27, 2012 6:49 PM

    A seat at home sounds like a better deal !

  6. thepackersaretoogood says: Jan 27, 2012 6:51 PM

    How about a trip to Hawaii so they can get lei’d

  7. snarkzilla says: Jan 27, 2012 7:03 PM

    Indy in the winter, hmm. No sir, I don’t like it.

  8. kilo0986 says: Jan 27, 2012 7:06 PM

    What are the odds of displaced fans.. being displaced again lol

  9. 1buckeye76 says: Jan 27, 2012 7:21 PM

    I’d say something witty, but MDS deletes every comment i post anyway.

  10. jimmylions says: Jan 27, 2012 7:22 PM

    When it comes to last year’s Super Bowl, you have to factor in that Jerry Jones had plenty of other project management mishaps last year – like that little disaster he called a practice facility.

    Bottom line – Jerry Jones needs to dig deep into his pockets and hire a qualified project manager.

    Jerry … you can hire me, and pay me just half of what you pay Romo. I promise I’ll make fewer mistakes than he does.

  11. bear0402 says: Jan 27, 2012 7:22 PM

    Only a matter of time before the NFL implements a policy that its fans cannot take the league to court. Instead, they will have to seek compensation at a collective bargaining table.

  12. bulldogslc says: Jan 27, 2012 7:31 PM

    Displaced? You make them sound like refugees….

  13. nflfollower says: Jan 27, 2012 7:32 PM

    Well at least this year is a better matchup. Tom Brady trying to put an exclamation point on his legacy by beating the team that ruined their perfect season. And Eli looks to build his legacy by beating Brady twice in the big game. That would be something to tell your grandkids. Looking forward to this years super bowl, optimistic for a great game

  14. ownbay says: Jan 27, 2012 7:33 PM

    NY fans + Boston fans in Indy = worst super bowl ever.

  15. djstat says: Jan 27, 2012 8:01 PM

    These people need to get over it. 3 options are enough. Stuff happens. This lawsuit is bogus

  16. 3octaveFart says: Jan 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    tebowspeech says: Jan 27, 2012 6:29 PM
    “If you’re a Steeler fan, you might be waiting a long time.”
    ======

    Having been there three out of the last six years would suggest otherwise…

  17. snarkzilla says: Jan 27, 2012 8:34 PM

    >I’d say something witty, but MDS deletes every comment i post anyway.

    That’s because he’s Mr. Prissy.

  18. bc01red says: Jan 27, 2012 8:50 PM

    Well I wouldnt either when they told me they would swap temporary seating for temporary seating at the next superbowl.

  19. effedinLA says: Jan 27, 2012 9:11 PM

    I’d wait till it’s in London. Maybe 2018 if the commish gets his wish. Raiders may be in or LA might have a team and I could wait for a decade!

  20. mcjon22 says: Jan 27, 2012 9:14 PM

    “Fans who didn’t want to go to this year’s Super Bowl had other options, including a trip to a future Super Bowl, or just settling the whole thing for $5,000.”

    However, most people took option D. A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

  21. indycolt45 says: Jan 27, 2012 9:19 PM

    After just coming from the first day of Super Bowl activities (including the awesome NFL Experience), they’re really missing out.

  22. baddorange says: Jan 27, 2012 9:22 PM

    Cheap NFL. Sue them

  23. jutts says: Jan 27, 2012 9:46 PM

    Boy oh Boy. Isn’t that big of them. What a joke. Rodger got his new contract , that’s all that mouthpiece cares about…..Not the players saftey or the fans. Its all about the money. The NFL is getting a little too big for its britches….

  24. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 27, 2012 10:00 PM

    NY fans and Boston fans are going to overrun that town and beat the crap out of each other. I love it, but I can see how someone wouldnt exactly want to spend a winter day in Indianapolis watching these two sides go at it

  25. eddddddd says: Jan 27, 2012 10:09 PM

    I’d take a seat in a tent in the parking lot while watching it on TV.

  26. uberniner says: Jan 27, 2012 10:48 PM

    Adding extra seats seems greedy by the NFL. Adding too many shows the NFL is getting greedy.
    ——————————
    How is opening up new seats for people who want to go being greedy? Sure, they make money, but fans get to see the game. Keep this in perspective.

  27. ubb44 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:04 PM

    Packer fans holding out had to settle for a discount double choke!!!!!

  28. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 28, 2012 12:07 AM

    3octaveFart says:Jan 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    tebowspeech says: Jan 27, 2012 6:29 PM
    “If you’re a Steeler fan, you might be waiting a long time.”
    ======

    Having been there three out of the last six years would suggest otherwise…

    ———————————————————-

    Not with that crappy OL of theirs.

    And that’s just for openers. As a team, it’s like Sapp said:

    “OLD, SLOW, DONE!”

    Next season will make them just another year older & a little slower. And because of their easy 2011 schedule, they won enough games to ensure draft picks that are in the twenties. That means they won’t be choosing high enough in the draft to improve the team as much as they need to.

    No surprise that I see them missing the playoffs next season…

  29. cowboys82288 says: Jan 28, 2012 5:59 AM

    I live in Indiana and the only way I would go to this Superbowl is if it was free… granted I’m a cowboys fan and it’s the giants. The game will come down on if Brady can stay standing long enough to score… that’s it…

  30. wldkat says: Jan 28, 2012 6:19 AM

    Interesting Fact: Either Pittsburgh, New England or Indy has represented the AFC in the superbowl every year since 2004. I’m sure Steeler Fans will be using their future superbowl tickets soon !

  31. hollymolley says: Jan 28, 2012 7:29 PM

    In looking beyond the ticket deal, the NFL is really starting to come apart. I’m afraid were witnessing the begining of the end of the NFL. Lets see what rules the officials come up with this time. Check the script for the winner. When my Wife can see it, and point it out, beleive me its over. And it hurts. Been a fan since right after leather helmits. But now its gone….

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