Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke for the first time about the Super Bowl seating fiasco and shared some responsibility.
"I do, along with the NFL, take responsibility for the seating issue and some of the things that we would like to improve on regarding the seating issues," Jones told ESPNDallas.com. "The informing of the fans that were involved, the NFL and I take responsibility for. You always like to look at areas you can do better, get better. We certainly intend to and will get much better in terms of the seating and how that is handled."
Four hundred fans were forced to watch Super Bowl XLV from standing-room-only locations at Cowboys Stadium because of 1,250 temporary seats that were deemed unsafe. Those fans were given compensation by the NFL that included either triple the face value of their ticket ($2,400) and a ticket to next year's Super Bowl, or a ticket to any Super Bowl with airfare and hotel accommodations.
The 2,000 fans forced to sit in temporary seats will receive face-value ticket refunds or a free ticket to a future Super Bowl.
Jones maintained he was proud of the Super Bowl committee's efforts. Attention before the game shifted to the city's handling of the cold, icy weather, and the postgame news focused on the seating fiasco.
"One thing I would point out is that our stadium is certainly, the concept of the stadium, it was designed for the flexibility of temporary seating," Jones said. "You can note those, but we have had several world-class events that were very much enhanced by the way our stadium is designed to increase our capacity by our temporary seating. So that is not at issue as much as it is evaluating what we did to create the criticism, to create the issue, and to do better in the future."