Man, That Was Quick: The First Lawsuit Over Super Ticket Snafu at Cowboys Stadium
On the other side you'll find the 11-page complaint filed yesterday in Dallas federal court titled STEVE SIMMS and MIKE DOLABI, individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, vs. JERRAL "JERRY" WAYNE JONES, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, DALLAS COWBOYS FOOTBALL CLUB, LTD., JWJ CORPORATION, COWBOYS STADIUM, L.P., COWBOYS STADIUM GP, LLC, and BLUE & SILVER, INC. (It's like a Fiona Apple record.)
Long, familiar story short: Dolabi's a Tarrant County resident who says he's a "Founder" of Cowboys Stadium -- meaning he paid at least $100,000 for a personal seat license, which he thought guaranteed him not only good season tix, but also decent face-value ducats to the Super Bowl. Problem is, says the complaint:
Unfortunately, not all of the ticket holders to Super Bowl XLV got what they bargained for or what was promised to them. Specifically, most of the "Founders" fans, including but not limited to Plaintiff Dolabi, arrived at the stadium on Sunday to discover that Jones and the Cowboys had assigned them to seats with obstructed views and temporary metal fold out chairs, which had been installed in an effort to meet Jones' goal of breaking the attendance record. In addition, almost all of these seats lacked any reasonable view of the stadium's prized "video board," which Defendant Jones and the Cowboys routinely claim is the one of the most unique and best features of Cowboys Stadium.
Simms, from Pennsylvania, was among the 400 stuck without a seat once it became clear (well, to the fans at least -- everyone else knew well ahead of time) that those temporary bleachers were no good. And he's not much interested in the triple-the-face-value refund and the offer of a ticket to the next Super Bowl. Try "more than $5,000,000." The attorneys are out of California and Addison.
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