Super Bowl XLV controversy: 850 NFL fans had replacement seats, 400 denied watching live

By on Feb 7, 2011 in Football, Sports, United States Comments

The Green Bay Packers won over the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the score of 31-25 on Sunday during the Super Bowl XLV at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas; but a controversy surfaced as about 1,250 NFL fans got dismayed.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium empty seats
Photo credit: Chris O’Meara/AP

According to National Football League (NFL), about 850 NFL fans were relocated to other seats while 400 others were not able to watch the Super Bowl live, but were offered refund three times the original price, which is $800.

Earlier, extreme bad weather condition crippled Texas that even lead to the falling of huge ice from the roof of the Cowboys Stadium that earlier wounded six people including a photographer of Getty Images.

Apparently, police authorities told reports that the allotted seats were not safe to use but the the fire marshall did not have time to inspect the temporary seats, which forced NFL to relocate 850 fans while about 400 others only watched the game in the live TV feed at the Cowboys Stadium.

As explained by NFL, four entryways and two portions of the upper deck on the west end of the Cowboys Stadium were affected, as yellow police tape was placed as a dividing line.

“The safety of fans attending the Super Bowl was paramount in making the decision and the NFL.” the NFL said in a statement, adding that the resolution was agreed upon by the officials of Arlington City officials and Cowboys Stadium.

“We regret the situation and inconvenience that it may have caused. We will conduct a full review of this matter.” NFL added.

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