Wednesday, December 14, 2011
XLV fiasco not on agenda at owner's meetings
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- The NFL Owners meetings concluded Wednesday at Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas, but the seating fiasco that occurred at Super Bowl XLV was not included on the agenda.
Roughly 1,250 fans with tickets were left without seats because the temporary seating was not cleared before kickoff, which resulted in a suit being brought against the league.
“We continue to work through the issues we had here last year, mostly looking forward and trying to make sure when we stage events as the NFL, we do it with a high standard and that fans that attend our game have a great experience,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “That’s what people expect from the NFL and that’s what we expect from ourselves. We expect to deliver on that promise, starting with Indianapolis.”
The earliest a Super Bowl could return to North Texas would be 2016 for Super Bowl L. The bidding process takes place next May. Goodell has said in the past that Super Bowl L could be held at a new stadium in Los Angeles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first game, which was played at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
“That’s for the ownership to decide,” Goodell said on the possibility of the game returning. “It’s a great stadium. It’s a great community. I presume they’ll make a bid in the future, and ownership will decide at that point.”