NFL will give free Super Bowl tickets to displaced 400 fans

The approximately 400 fans who were displaced from their temporary seats in Jerryworld Sunday night for Super Bowl XLV will be back.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at his press conference this morning that the league has already begun talks with those impacted and that they will be invited to attend Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis next year as a guest of the league. Spokesman Brian McCarthy made the announcement via his Twitter account.

Those fans were forced to watch the game on video boards last night after roughly 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe. League employees and their families coughed up about 850 seats to get two-thirds of the group in seats for the game. The rest were given free merchandise, food and beverage and allowed on the field postgame. They were also given $2,400, which probably falls well short of what they paid for their tickets.

But free Super Bowl XLVI tickets are in their future. What will they do if they are hardcore Green Bay Packers Or Pittsburgh Steelers fans and those teams don’t make it back next year? Maybe they can sell their tickets for far more than $2,400.

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