Nearly 2 ½ years removed from the Cowboys Stadium seating debacle at Super Bowl XLV, some fans remain at odds with the NFL after a U.S. district judge ruled that they cannot proceed with a class-action lawsuit.
Judge Barbara Lynn ruled that the a class-action lawsuit would be a burden and that it would be difficult to accurately compensate everyone in such a format. So, fans who were denied a seat, relocated to another seat, delayed entry in to see the game or sat with an obstructed view must now pursue the NFL individually in court, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“We are pleased with the court’s decision refusing to certify any class in this case,” the NFL said in a statement.
The individuals seeking a class-action lawsuit had claimed the NFL had breached its contract with ticket holders and settlement offers were underwhelming.
In expanding the seating capacity at Cowboys Stadium beyond 80,000 seats, the plan was to add 13,000 temporary bleacher seats. But roughly 1,250 were declared unsafe on game day for a variety of code violations.
More than 400 fans ended up without a seat. The NFL offered fans the money they paid for their tickets as well as documented expenses for travel, hotels and meals. They were also offered $2,400 plus a ticket to Super Bowl XLVI or a future Super Bowl, along with airfare and a four-night hotel stay. Another option was a check for $5,000.
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