DALLAS (AP) - The NFL says it knew last week there were problems with the installation of temporary Super Bowl seating sections at Cowboys Stadium and hoped until hours before kickoff that they could be fixed.
League executive vice president Eric Grubman said today, "at the end, we just ran out of time."
The league scrambled to find replacement spots for 850 fans and tried to find places with a view of the field for another 400 people who gave up their seats in Cowboys Stadium.
Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') weighed in as well today, saying the league has taken responsibility for the problems with hundreds of seats at the Super Bowl. Goodell said today that "there's no excuses" for fans having to give up their spots in the stands because of structural issues with temporary seating.
Goodell also says the league will give tickets for next year's Super Bowl to the 400 fans left without a place to sit Sunday. The league already had said it would offer those 400 people refunds of triple the face value of their Steelers-Packers tickets.