Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS ― Three rows of seats at the top of sections 638-644 will be an issue during tonight’s BCS championship game between LSU and Alabama.
Tickets for the seats were sold for the game at the Superdome, but because of a crush of media requesting to cover the game, officials blocked off the same three rows for reporters.
Sugar Bowl officials said they were still assessing the situation 21 minutes before kickoff.
“In making adjustments to accommodate the overwhelming media demand for this game, it was necessary to void seating in the upper level of the stadium,” the Sugar Bowl said in a released statement during the game. “Apparently, some of that seating was not removed from the saleable manifest. The bowl enacted its emergency relocation plan and all involved patrons are now seated.”
The double bookings included more than 100 seats.
Spencer Tucker of Ponchatoula, La., waited for nearly an hour wondering whether his seat in section 639, row 35 would be taken care of.
"It just seems like they would have planned a little better," Tucker said.
He spent $4,200 on eight seats in the Superdome, including a baby.
Tucker reserved seats for the BCS championship game prior to LSU's Nov. 5 game at Alabama, going through Allstate's website. Reservations cost $175 on top of the $350 ticket price.
"They've been telling us for an now that they were working on it," Tucker said. "But the people downstairs said there's not an open seat in the house."