The National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys organization are being sued over a fiasco involving seats at the Super Bowl. There were about 1,250 seats at Cowboys Stadium that were rendered unusable, which resulted in 400 people being turned away from the Super Bowl. Jilted ticket holders and those dissatisfied with the improvised alternative seating are suing to recover costs.
Improperly secured temporary seating sends 400 fans packing
More than 100,000 people showed up to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, primed to watch one of the biggest annual sporting spectacles in the world. However, the National Football League found that 1,250 seats in the stadium were not suitable for use the day of Super Bowl XLV, or Super Bowl 45, and had to find an alternative, according to ABC. The NFL found 850 other seats, but had to turn 400 ticket holding fans away. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones attributed the situation to “timing and manpower issues.” The seats, risers, stairs and guard rails in the temporary seating sections were installed by a New York area contractor, Seating Solutions, who did not finish the installation, according to the Dallas News.
Class action suit
Some of the fans who were left without seating have joined in a lawsuit against the NFL, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. The suit was filed in Dallas by Eagan Avenatti LLP. The lead attorney, Michael Avenatii, maintains that the suit is not about getting rich, but about getting the NFL and Jerry Jones to “do the right thing.” Ticket holders incurred considerable expense getting to the game and should be compensated for travel and lodging as well as for the cost of the tickets.
NFL extends offers
The National Football league has extended an offer to the 400 fans who were turned away even though they had valid tickets. They can elect either a free ticket to the Super Bowl next year plus $2,400 in cash, or a free ticket to any Super Bowl of their choice and the NFL will pick up the tab for travel and lodging. The average cost of a Super Bowl ticket this year was more than $3,000, according to ESPN.
Dallas News: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/super-bowl/local/20110207-nfl-knew-last-week-super-bowl-seats-might-be-unusable-but-who_s-to-blame.ece
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