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02-06-2011, 05:43 PM
channel 4 just reported that some ticket holders are being turned away because construction wasnt finished on certain sections...i'll tell you if this was my ticket i would be looking to assassinate jerry jones...they knew years in advance they were holding this event and they are screwing it up
02-06-2011, 05:52 PM
Their getting triple back of face value for their tickets. Too bad that isn't even what some people was paying
02-06-2011, 05:53 PM
looks like the fire marshall said the seats weren't safe 425a-430a ...i hope this isn't where az steeler is sitting...this is a total embarassment...they didn't know this yesterday or last week...heads should roll...jerry shouldn't ever get another super bowl
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what about peoples hotel and airfare this is an total debacle
02-06-2011, 05:58 PM
I would be very disappointed if I just spent all the time and money getting ready to go to the game only to be told, "gee, sorry, we sold you something that we didn't have, oh well."
02-06-2011, 06:03 PM
They said the seats are for NFL employees and their families.
02-06-2011, 06:14 PM
Now up to possibly 6900 seats that may be vacant! :yikes:
02-06-2011, 06:19 PM
That's a disgrace. They've had five or six weeks to get them in, right? Probably union workers. :lol:
02-06-2011, 06:20 PM
Jerry Jones and cowgirls have screwed it up when they were in the super bowl, and now when hosting it too:
02-06-2011, 07:17 PM
This really is a travesty. I cannot believe this was something not addressed earlier.
02-07-2011, 12:15 AM
Just greed, its about money, its always about money.
02-07-2011, 01:31 AM
Just greed, its about money, its always about money.
yeah kinda, over the past few weeks all we have heard is how this would be the biggest SB in history. Jerry's pride is gonna cost him big time, watch for this debacle to be scrutinized bigtime in the media over the next few days. You just simply cannot sell tickets to something and then not provide those seats. This is a monumental failure of planning. Those seats should have been installed, tested, and approved by the fire marshal 6 months ago.
Bottom line I think it was more about Jerry's desire to have the title "biggest SB of all time" than an extra 100 grand in ticket sales. That moron was selling tickets outside of the damn stadium so those #'s would count in the attendance. Maybe he should concentrate on building a decent team rather than attendance #'s.
02-07-2011, 11:59 AM
Well, if I were a Steeler fan and I just tripled my money on what I spent on the ticket and I didn't spend too much on air fare and lodging, at least I could say the NFL saved me from having to watch that game! :lol:
02-07-2011, 12:08 PM
NFL vows refunds for 400 fans ousted from Super Bowl seats
ARLINGTON, Texas -- In their zeal to set a Super Bowl attendance record, the NFL and Jerry Jones overlooked one important detail: Making sure all the temporary seats inside mammoth Cowboys Stadium had been inspected and were ready for the fans.
A Super Bowl week plagued by poor weather took an embarrassing turn Sunday when the league had to find replacement seats for 850 fans. The NFL also scrambled to find a place for another 400 people to sit inside Jones' $1.2 billion palace and couldn't locate any with a view of the field.
"This is absolutely ridiculous," said Glen Long, a Pittsburgh Steelers season-ticket holder who flew in for the game from Baltimore. "That would be fraud anywhere in the world if you sold tickets to an event that you knew you didn't have. That's just wrong."
Actually, the seats had been installed in six temporary sections, but they went up so late that the fire marshal didn't have time to inspect them, according to a police officer standing near an affected area who wouldn't give his name and offered an explanation of the situation provided to several fans.
The officer said the winter storms that struck Dallas earlier had set back work on the temporary seats.
That didn't matter to fans who believed they had been deceived by the league and Jones, the Cowboys owner who had hoped some 105,000 people would watch the game inside and outside the stadium. To bolster the crowd, there were $200 tickets that provided nothing more than a chance to watch the game on video screens set up in outdoor plazas.
That didn't work out, either: Attendance was announced at 103,219, just short of the record 103,985 who turned out at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., for the 1980 Super Bowl.
As for those 400 fans, not even a hefty refund offer from the NFL was enough to satisfy them for losing their seats. The league said it would pay back triple the face value -- $2,400 for the $800 tickets.
"We don't want that," said Odett Karam, a Green Bay Packers fan who flew in from California. "We just want to get into the game. We just want to see the game."
The NFL said 850 fans were put in "similar or better seats." As for the rest, the NFL first offered to let the fans watch the game in the outdoor plazas. Then, shortly after kickoff, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said they had been allowed into the field-level club behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' bench, where they could watch the game on monitors.
If they wanted to see the game in person, they had to use standing-room platforms in each corner of the stadium.
The fans "watched game in club w/free food, soft drinks + merchandise," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted. "The other 850 were re-located to seats in equal or better locations. NFL + Cowboys staff and families gave up seats."
Fans complained that wasn't nearly enough, especially given what they had doled out for travel and hotel costs.
"They took us to a bar," said Paul Colavecchi, a displaced fan from Clearfield, Pa., who came to Texas with his sister.
"That's terrific," he added sarcastically. "That's why we fronted five grand for this trip -- so we could watch the game in a bar. I didn't have to take a plane trip to Texas to watch the game on TV, and I certainly didn't buy a ticket so I could watch the game in a bar."
Compounding the unhappiness, fans in the affected areas were at first put into a fenced-off area while officials tried to sort things out. They became increasingly unruly, alternating chants of "Jerry Sucks!" and "NFL Sucks!"
One man shouted: "They're treating us like prisoners." Another said, "We came a long way for this."
Gerry Grillo, from New Jersey, said he paid $3,000 for a ticket on the secondary market, so he would lose money even if he got a refund.
"We've been in a holding area for two hours," he said after finally being let in the stadium. "Two hours!"
Seating woes are the latest frustration for the first Super Bowl in the Dallas area.
A rare winter storm swept across the area Tuesday, ripping holes in tents on the property and hampering travel and celebrations across the region. On Friday, six people at the stadium were injured by melting snow falling from the roof one day after 5 inches of unwelcome snow fell on the area.
Organizers were hoping flawless game-day logistics would wipe out some of the complaints, but the seating problem could be an issue in the area's plans to bid for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.
The affected areas were four entryways and two portions of the upper deck on the west end.
In the upper deck, there were off-limits seats in the same rows as seats that were deemed safe. Yellow police tape was used as a dividing line, with uniformed personnel also keeping folks away.
"The safety of fans attending the Super Bowl was paramount in making the decision and the NFL, Dallas Cowboys and City of Arlington officials are in agreement with the resolution," the NFL said in a statement. "We regret the situation and inconvenience that it may have caused. We will conduct a full review of this matter."
About 15,000 temporary seats were added to the stadium in a bid to set the record for the largest crowd in Super Bowl history. The temporary seats filled open platforms that are usually standing-room only "party pass" areas for Cowboys games. The entryways were on the third level, while the upper deck is on the fifth level.
Rich McCandless of Butler, Pa., was at the game with his son, Rich Jr. The younger McCandless is in the Navy and got leave from submarine duty to come to Texas from Guam.
They were unable to sit in the seats they purchased and watched the game in a standing room-only section.
"They had no solution. Looked like a run around," the father said. "I'd be more furious if I had any more energy. I've been standing since noon, and I'm just tired."
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