How long will it take for someone to file a lawsuit over the super fiasco at Sunday's Super Bowl XLV?
Four hundred people who paid $800 to $900 or more per ticket were turned away from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, that afternoon because temporary seating for 1,250 people in some stadium sections were declared unsafe and unusable. About 850 fans were relocated to other seats. The 400 refused admittance were later allowed to watch the game on monitors in a stadium bar behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' bench with no view of the field or from standing room only sections in the corners of the stadium.
Although fans denied seats are expected to get triple the face value of their ticket, that may not be enough for someone who paid big bucks on airfare, lodging and meals only to be denied a memory. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that those 400 fans will be offered free tickets to next year's Super Bowl, The New York Times reported today. Could you blame them for saying thanks, but no thanks?
This Super Bowl seems like it was cursed. Sunday's game came after a week of unusual winter weather in the region that caused hundreds of flight cancellations and horrendous traffic conditions. At least six private contractors who were hired to prepare the stadium for the game were injured by ice and snow that slid off of the stadium roof on Friday.
This Super Bowl has the potential to grab the most legal headlines since the 2004 game.
That year, it took 47-year-old Terri Carlin of Knoxville, Tenn., almost three days to file a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of "all American citizens" who watched the "outrageous conduct" during the Super Bowl halftime show and were somehow injured by Janet Jackson's nipple during her infamous wardrobe malfunction.