400 Super Bowl Fans With Tickets Turned Away

Seats deemed unsafe; they'll get $2,700 per ticket
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2011 5:47 PM CST
A program is sold outside Cowboy Stadium before the NFL football Super Bowl XLV game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas.    (Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – About 400 Super Bowl fans who spent a whopping $900 a ticket (plus airfare, plus the cost of face paint and Cheesehead hats) were sent packing today after their seats were deemed unsafe; another 850 were given somewhere else to sit. Those turned away will get a $2,700-per-ticket refund, but that may not be enough to cover their expenses. The affected areas were four entryways and two portions of the upper deck on the west end. All were above empty spaces, so the stability of those structures apparently was the issue, reports the AP.

"The safety of fans attending the Super Bowl was paramount in making the decision," 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."

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