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Lawsuit filed over Super Bowl seating issues

February 9, 2011 |  9:05 am

Seats_475 The NFL has been scrambling to make up for the fiasco that left hundreds of ticket-holding fans without Super Bowl seats at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday, but that has not prevented a lawsuit from being filed on behalf of those fans, as well as others who felt their seats were inadequate.

A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Dallas against the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones, alleging breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices. It was filed on behalf of fans who were left seatless due to problems with temporary seats installed for the game, as well as some Cowboys season ticket-holders who ended up in folding chairs with obstructed views rather than the prime seats they say they were promised.

A Cowboys spokesman did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press requesting comment Wednesday.

Roughly 1,250 spectators in six sections of the stadium were relocated or had to watch the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, on monitors because their temporary seats weren't ready.

Many of those people were moved to comparable or better seats in the stadium, but 400 were relegated to watching live feeds of the game in the venue and were offered $2,400 from the league, triple the face value of their tickets, on Sunday.

The league says it also let those fans onto the field for the postgame festivities and gave them free merchandise, food and drinks. On Monday the NFL announced those fans would also receive tickets to next year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

On Tuesday a second option was offered: Those fans could choose to attend any future Super Bowl and receive round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations, and they can wait until after the conference championship games each year before deciding.

In choosing that option, however, they will not receive the $2,400. In addition, those tickets will not be transferable. The first option of next year's game and $2,400 includes transferable tickets that can be sold on the secondary-ticket market.

“We had more time to think about how to create a broader range of options that would better recognize the deep emotional bond that fans have for their team,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.

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The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Six sections of temporary seats were deemed unsafe at Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl XLV. Credit: Al Bello / Getty Images

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