DENVER (CBS4) – Many happy Broncos fans left the ticket office at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with Super Bowl Tickets in hand on Wednesday, but some season ticket holders got shut out.
Longtime season ticket holder Adam Smith said it was “painful” being excluded in the lottery system the Broncos used.
“It’s rough,” Smith told CBS4. “Years of therapy and I’ll be fine.”
Smith is a third generation Broncos ticket holder.
“My grandfather bought the tickets in 1963,” said Smith.
Smith has been attending Broncos games since the 1970s. On Tuesday he received a postcard saying he had not been selected for Super Bowl tickets despite his family’s 50 years as ticket holders.
“I was disappointed to say the least,” said Smith.
He says his family’s seniority alone should have secured their ticket to New York.
“There are a lot of season ticket holders that have not had tickets as long as we have who have received Super Bowl tickets,” said Smith.
The Broncos received around 14,000 tickets for the Super Bowl. They couldn’t say how many actually went to season ticket holders.
The website Primesport advertises tickets to the game from $1,900 to more than $10,000.
As the Broncos head to the Super Bowl without him, Smith still wishes the team the best.
“We will be Bronco fans till we die I’m sure,” said Smith.
The Broncos said in a statement that the tickets made available were in accordance with league guidelines.
The Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.