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Some ticket holders moved or given refunds because of issues with temporary seats

By Mark Maske and Rick Maese

UPDATED (7:34 p.m.)...

ARLINGTON, Tex.--About 1,250 ticket holders at Cowboys Stadium for Sunday's Super Bowl XLV were moved to different seats or given refunds because of problems with temporary seating installed for the game, according to the NFL.

The league issued a written statement that said "incomplete installation of temporary seats in a limited number of sections made the seats unusable."

A crowd of more than 90,000 was expected inside the stadium for the game at the Dallas Cowboys' second-year stadium.

Approximately 850 ticket holders in four seating sections of the stadium were "relocated to similar or better seats," the NFL's written statement said.

The league said in a subsequent written statement that it was able to accommodate those fans because it routinely holds back tickets in case of problems and some tickets were returned by the Cowboys and the NFL.

Another 400 fans in two sections were not given new seats and were given refunds of $2,400 each for tickets with a face value of $800 apiece, according to the league.

"The safety of fans attending the Super Bowl was paramount in making the decision and the NFL, Dallas Cowboys and City of Arlington officials are in agreement with the resolution," the NFL's written statement said.

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

The 400 fans without new seats were taken inside the stadium to watch the game on monitors in a field-level club area behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' bench, according to the league. Those fans also had the option of watching the game from standing-room platforms located in each corner of the stadium, the league announced in its subsequent written statement.

The stands otherwise were filled before kickoff. A week of snowy, icy weather in the Dallas area gave way to better conditions in the hours before the game Sunday.

By Mark Maske  |  February 6, 2011; 5:59 PM ET  | Category:  Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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