Despite packing fans into standing areas, temporary seating, areas outside the stadium and including credentialed personnel, the official tally for Super Bowl XLV was 103,219, which misses the record by a scant 766. The previous record of 103,985 came at Super Bowl XIV between the Steelers and Rams at the Rose Bowl in 1980.
It was still the second largest total for a Super Bowl and second largest for an NFL game in Cowboys Stadium.
Attendance hopes were marred early on when it was announced that 400 ticket-bearing fans would not be able to stay inside and watch the game. 800 other fans were relocated when temporary seating wasn't completed in time. Ultimately, it didn't matter.
Falling short of the record is the latest bummer in a week full of them for the city and the stadium. Between the weather, the canceled flights, the ice that fell from the roof of the stadium and now this, things could have gone a lot better for Jerry Jones and Cowboys Stadium.