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Goodell calls Super Bowl seat issue ‘a failure’

Green Bay Packers' B.J. Raji stretches before NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday Feb. 6 2011

Green Bay Packers' B.J. Raji stretches before the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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DALLAS (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the problems with hundreds of seats at the Super Bowl was “obviously a failure on our behalf,” and the league takes responsibility.

Goodell says Monday that “there’s no excuses” for fans having to give up their spots in the stands because of structural issues with temporary seating.

The league scrambled to find replacement spots for 850 fans and tried to find a places with a view of the field for another 400 people who gave up their seats Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to win the Super Bowl.

NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman says the final installation of railings, risers and steps in certain sections was the problem.

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