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Lawsuit filed by fans who missed Hall of Fame game

August 16, 2016

Four fans have sued the NFL over the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, that was canceled because of poor field conditions.

The class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in northern Ohio on behalf of all the ticket holders who lost out when the Aug. 7 game between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers was canceled after paint congealed and hardened on portions of the field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Pro Football Hall of Fame also was named in the suit.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented ticket holders for the 2011 Super Bowl who wound up without seats in Dallas, filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit. He said the hall's plan to only refund ticket costs was too little.

"We have been approached by no fewer than 20 individuals who traveled to the game to participate and be ready to enjoy the game," Avenatti said earlier this month. "And, unfortunately, they did not have the opportunity to enjoy the game, and as a result lost a significant amount of money."

The lawsuit over the Dallas Super Bowl began as a multi-million class action, but was not certified and the claims were significantly pared down. Most of the plaintiffs did collect some damages and were offered replacement tickets for a future Super Bowl.

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