Displaced Super Bowl fans offered free NASCAR tickets
Aaron Rodgers and his Packers may have been the on-field story of Super Bowl Sunday, but one of the most talked-about stories of Super Bowl week was Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' quest to break the Super Bowl attendance record at his Cowboys Stadium.
While that quest proved unsuccessful on Sunday, the larger story on Monday turned out to be the saga of the 400 ticketholders who were left without seats at the stadium because some of the temporary seating did not pass inspection in time to allow them in.
Now, other venues are trying to capitalize on the exposure by offering guaranteed seats of their own.
In a joint statement released on Monday, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Stratosphere Hotel have teamed up to offer all 400 fans tickets to the track's NASCAR weekend on March 4-6, including tickets to the Sprint Cup Series' Kobalt Tools 400 and the Nationwide Series' Sam's Town 300. Additionally, the pair announced, four fans will be drawn at random to win a free three-night stay on the strip at the Stratosphere.
"It's a shame what happened to all of those fans who got to the Super Bowl and then had nowhere to sit," said LVMS president Chris Powell. "I can assure them that the seats we are giving them are real, and they will have good seats to watch the Kobalt Tools 400 and Sam's Town 300."
"Our heart goes out to those fans that didn't get to see the game," said Todd Ford, director of marketing at the Stratosphere. "This unique opportunity will allow those fans to enjoy great NASCAR racing, have a chance to experience our newly remodeled rooms, plus all of the excitement Las Vegas has to offer."
This comes in addition to the refund of three times the face value of the tickets, a trip onto the field after Green Bay's win and tickets to next year's game that the 400 fans received.