NFL Sweetens Offer To Jilted Super Bowl Ticket Holders

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The NFL has added a second option for the roughly 400 fans who had to give up their seats at the Super Bowl: They can choose to attend any future Super Bowl instead of being limited to the 2012 game.

The league initially said Sunday it would give $2,400, three times the face value of the ticket, to the fans who were forced to watch the game on monitors or use standing-room platforms after some temporary seating sections were not completed in time.

On Monday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said those fans also would receive tickets to next year’s Super Bowl.

Then on Tuesday, the NFL announced the fans could choose instead to receive a ticket to any future Super Bowl, including next year’s, along with round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations. If fans choose that option, they will not get the $2,400. They can wait until after the conference championship games each season to see whether their favorite team reaches the Super Bowl.

“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 Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. When the temporary sections were not completed before the start of the game, about 850 fans were moved to other seats. But there was nowhere to put the remaining 400.

Some of the affected fans complained Sunday that the $2,400 didn’t cover the price they paid for the seats, travel and hotels.

If fans choose the first option of next year’s game plus the $2,400, the ticket is transferable, which means it can be sold on the secondary ticket market. It won’t be transferable in the other option.

The league said a senior NFL staff member would call each of the displaced fans to provide information about the options and answer questions.

“The commissioner thought it was the right thing to do to give those fans more options,” Aiello said.

The NFL is working with the Packers, Steelers and Cowboys to track down all the affected fans. Contact information can be e-mailed to SBXLV@nfl.com.

Is the NFL offering fair compensation? Sound off in the comments below!

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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  1. Chris says:

    They are going out of their way to to appease the fans but instead of worrying about all the glitz and glitter how about making sure you have seats for all the tickets you sold. My colleague went with his dad and was one of the 400 people that were sent away. At first the attitude was sorry but there is nothing we can do and they gave him this stupid letter. Also it depended on who you were or who you know weather you were one of the 800 that were placed in other seats. My friend witnessed one fan say this is BS give me one minute to make a phone call and I will have a seat. 10 minutes he had better seats. Only after that did the pot get sweeter. But there is nothing you can do if the people who went were Packers fans like my friend and were looking forward to this more then anything. POOR JOB by the NFL they were too worried about breaking a record and never checked to see if the seats were ready until game day. Super Bowl packages doesn’t cover what these poor people ent through. How can the NFL decide how much your time is worth. Give them fully paid packages to the next 5 Super Bowls.

  2. Chris LaSpina says:

    They are going out of their way to to appease the fans but instead of worrying about all the glitz and glitter how about making sure you have seats for all the tickets you sold. My colleague went with his dad and was one of the 400 people that were sent away. At first the attitude was sorry but there is nothing we can do and they gave him this stupid letter. Also it depended on who you were or who you know weather you were one of the 800 that were placed in other seats. My friedn witnessed one fan say this is BS give me one minute to make a phone call and I will have a seat. 10 minutes he had better seats. Only after that did the pot get sweeter. But there is nothing you can do if the people who went were Packers fans like my friend and were looking forward to this more then anything. POOR JOB by the NFL they were too worried about breaking a record and never checked to see if the seats were ready until game day. Super Bowl packages doesn’t cover what these poor people ent through. How can the NFL decide how much your time is worth. Give them fully paid paclages to the enxt 5 Super Bowls.

  3. Chris says:

    give them great season tickets plus tickets to the super bowl of their choosing.

  4. FRANKN says:

    HOW BOUT A PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATIONS TO THE AFC-NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ALONG WITH THE SUPER BOWL-
    THE PACKAGE MUST BE USED WITH IN A 5 YEAR WINDOW – GIVING THE FAN A CHOICE OF WHAT TEAMS THEY WANT TO SEE.

  5. foos says:

    Included in the compensation should be a guarantee that Dallas does NOT get the 2016 Super Bowl.

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