Super Bowl XLV: Ice injures workers; weather messes with Texas
A Washington, D.C., photographer said he thought he was "going to die here," as ice and snow fell Friday from the roof of Cowboys Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLV.
Dallas has been hit with a one-two punch of an ice storm earlier in the week and six-to-eight inches of snowfall Friday -- something Cowboys owner Jerry Jones couldn't control. Win McNamee was shooting weather pictures for Getty Images at the stadium when an "avalanche of ice" struck him and other workers. "I had nowhere to go," he said. "It hurt pretty bad."
"Honestly, while it was hitting me, I was thinking I'm going to die here," McNamee said. With his left shoulder broken in four places, he planned to return home for surgery. "It was pretty frightening."
Five others were injured and officials immediately closed all but one entrance (by tunnel) to the stadium. None of the other injuries, authorities told the Dallas Morning News, were thought to be life-threatening and one person was hospitalized in stable condition Friday evening.
Weather that Dallas meteorologists say is the worst in 15 years has complicated travel for fans seeking to get to town and hurt business because no one could get around. Ticket prices, CNBC's Darren Rovell reports, have dropped with the temperatures:
Ticket prices finally started to come down on Friday afternoon. While the average price paid on StubHub still hovered around $3,500 a seat, StubHub spokesman Joellen Ferrer told CNBC that the get-in price dropped below $2,000 (to $1,900) for the first time in six days.
Patrick Ryan of The Ticket Experience, a brokerage in Houston, said that many brokers jumped at the lower prices on Friday, but said that it was possible that more inventory could hit the market on Saturday and into Sunday if the rumblings of many in corporate America pulling the plug on their trips came true.
"It's a little bit of that initial panic mode," Ferrer told the Morning News.
The forecast for Saturday offers a glimmer of relief, but gameday could be another mess for North Texas.
Super Bowl Sunday, which forecasters said would be dry and seasonably warm -- in the upper 50s -- now looks to bring a mix of snow and rain to the big game with temperatures in the 30s. The weekend begins in a promising way on Saturday, with sunshine, southerly breezes and temperatures near 40, ending a 100-plus hour run of subfreezing weather.
| February 5, 2011; 6:23 AM ET
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