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SBD/February 8, 2011/Events and Attractions
Super Bowl Ticket Holders Without Seats Voice Displeasure, Consider Legal Action
Published February 8, 2011
AIRING THEIR DISPLEASURE: A Packers fan named Ryan who was one of the 400 said officials “trapped us like caged animals for five hours outside and said, ‘Hey, we don’t know what’s going on. We don’t know if you’re going to get in.’” The fan said, “I was absolutely irate … If you want to see 400 NFL fans go absolutely crazy, you should have been in that area yesterday.” He said he felt the $2,400 refund “is kind of the NFL’s way of sweeping us under the rug a little bit,” but admitted winning the game “makes it a little easier to take” (“The Jim Rome Show,” 2/7). Displaced Steelers fan Andrew Vasey said, “I likened it to the scene in ‘Animal House’ where the fraternity guys were taking the pledges, the rejects they didn’t want, to that one little room away from the party.” Vasey said that he “missed most of the first half” and watched the second half “from a standing-room-only platform on the upper level near the spotlights at the top” of Cowboys Stadium. Block Communications Chair Allan Block and his guests “first were taken to a lounge where they could watch the game on television but could not see the field.” When his guest “protested, an usher took them to a handicapped seating area and placed folding chairs there.” Block said that what was “particularly unsettling” was that they “spent the game worrying that someone would arrive to tell them they were not allowed to be sitting there.” Block: “The NFL pretends they took care of people, but they didn’t” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 2/8). Displaced fan Bruce Ibe said, “A lot of people were talking about a class-action lawsuit against Jerry Jones and the NFL. ... I think everyone who was involved should be fully compensated for everything, including their airfare, lodging and food” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 2/8).
MORE LIKELY TO COME: Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said similar stories are "going to continue to come out from fans as nobody was really able to talk to them for the most part. ... They were kind of kept away even from the media after they were displaced from their seats" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 2/7).