Local man's Super Bowl ordeal

By Laura Geller - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The Chesterfield man who almost didn't get into the Super Bowl sat down with NBC12 after returning from Dallas. He is part of the group that traveled hundreds of miles only to be told their seats for the big game weren't safe.

The Cowboys fan wanted to see the Super Bowl in Texas Stadium. Shane Mason and Matt Reber paid $600 for their NFL experience. They were able to see past Super Bowl rings, a few coaches and players, even the Lombardi Trophy. They almost didn't get to see the view from their seats.

More than a thousand angry fans with tickets to the big game were stranded outside Cowboys stadium after temporary seating wasn't put in place in time. Just before kickoff, Mason and Reber, who had been standing outside for hours, got some more shocking news.

"They all of the sudden say 'ok, you're going in. You can get into the game,'" he explained.

Somehow, the seats were no longer unsafe. The pair rushed into the excitement.

"We weren't even in our seats yet but just like looking at all the people and looking at how big the stadium was that was when it hit me," Reber said.

In the fourth quarter Mason and Reber were handed a letter, apologizing for the inconvenience and offering a full refund of the ticket price. Mason doesn't think that's good enough.

"Being a Cowboys fan that was one of the main reasons I went out there to be able to take that all in and  take a lot of pictures and really tour the stadium and look around and I did not have the opportunity to do that," he explained.

Tuesday, the NFL announced the four hundred fans that didn't get in will get either three times the face value of their tickets or hotel, air fare and tickets to any future Super Bowl. Mason said he feels like he may be on the short end of the stick; he'd love to go to a Cowboys Super Bowl one day.

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