Super Bowl fans snubbed by NFL

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 9 at 10:15 AM

SPOKANE -- A trip to the Super Bowl morphed into a nightmare for a Spokane family. They had tickets to the NFL’s biggest game but when they got there they didn’t have seats.

The McGinnity family are huge Packers fans and season ticket holders. So when Green Bay made it to the Super Bowl, there was no question they would make the trip.  They never imagined there would be no place to sit.

Trying to watch the Packers win the Super Bowl was a treat for any Green Bay fan, except Dan McGinnity. After trudging through a three hour line just to get past security and into Cowboy’s Stadium, McGinnity and his family ran into a major obstacle.

They made their way to the 400 level and found there was yellow tape across the temporary auxiliary seats. McGinnity quickly learned he wasn’t alone. The NFL says railings to the steps of the 1,200 seats weren’t finished, so they weren’t safe. That means McGinnity’s tickets were no good, and he was one of 400 fans left standing.

Tensions ran high.  Dan and his brother-in-law tried to remain calm, but missing the first quarter was irritating. Lack of communication from stadium staff made it worse. The family says they were told several different things before settling on standing in an area that gave them a decent view. They tried to make the best of it.

The NFL is offering compensation with a refund of tickets and possibly even tickets to next year's Super Bowl. The only catch is the McGinnitys would have to send in this year’s tickets to redeem them and that’s not something the McGinnitys are sure they want to do.

Although the hassle affected the overall experience, the family still had fun. For them, the Packers’ victory made all the difference.  

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