Report: Fire officials warned Cowboys about ticket sales

Arlington, Texas, fire officials warned the Dallas Cowboys that the club had sold too many tickets to its regular-season opener with the New York Giants at Jerryworld on Sept. 20.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that it obtained a Sept. 9 e-mail from assistant fire chief Don Crowson in which he informed Cowboys officials they were creating a “significant public safety and life safety issue.”

According to the report, the certificate of occupancy allows for 15,232 people in the standing-room only areas. The Cowboys reportedly sold close to 30,000 of the $29 party passes for that game, or nearly double the amount for the SRO areas.

“Too many SRO tickets have been sold for the N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game on Sept. 20, 2009,” Crowson wrote.

If this is the case, what’s inexplicable is why fire officials did not cite the Cowboys for violating the fire code. Team spokesman Brett Daniels said the team didn’t ignore what it was being told, that it expected SRO ticket holders to be able to go elsewhere in the stadium during the game. There were reports immediately following the game of mayhem in the party deck areas that were grossly overcrowded.

The Cowboys set an NFL record for attendance with 105,121 at the Giants game.

But the pressing question here is what’s the point in having ordinances, codes and laws in the interest of public safety if they’re not going to be enforced?

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