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Posted at 6:23 AM ET, 02/ 5/2011

Super Bowl XLV: Ice injures workers; weather messes with Texas

By Cindy Boren

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.

By Cindy Boren  | February 5, 2011; 6:23 AM ET
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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Comments

quit playing the game in cold areas...keep the game in areas where it does not snow

Posted by: OldSalt8 | February 5, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

quit playing the game in cold areas...keep the game in areas where it does not snow

Posted by: OldSalt8
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Yeah, like....Dallas maybe? Oh wait.

Posted by: sarahabc | February 5, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

OldSalt8 wrote:
"quit playing the game in cold areas...keep the game in areas where it does not snow"

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What kind of comment is that? Dallas doesn't usually get much snow, if any. I'm currently living in Corpus Christi, TX, where the normal temperature this time of year is around 70 degrees. Fewer than two days ago we got some snow and almost a quarter inch of freezing rain, with wind chills in the teens. That's only happened a few times in the past century.

Posted by: mytwocents | February 5, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Anyone stupid enough to stand under the roofline where snow and ice will naturally fall DESERVES to be hit. How dumb are these people?

Posted by: Mahonri1 | February 5, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

This is karma for the NFL and it's vow never to hold the super Bowl in a cold-weather city. How's that working out for you, boys? Bwahahahaha!

Posted by: xenophile | February 5, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I guess god was p.o'd that he cant watch the games anymore with a closed roof!!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | February 5, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

They should do hockey this time!

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 5, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I am of the opinion that Super Bowls should only be held in Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and San Diego...even though I've been cold covering them in all those places. I understand, though, the desire to spread the wealth to other cities.

Posted by: CindyBoren | February 5, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, today's already up to the 40's
and the rads should be fine for tommorrow.

Posted by: OttoDog | February 5, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

If only the climatologists had been prescient enough to speak of "global climate change" (or something equivalent but pithier) - which is what it really is - instead of "global warming". The great mass of head-in-the-sand "red-blooded Amurricans" from the heartland might actually start paying attention to something called global climate change when the hallowed Super Bowl is affected.

Posted by: nan_lynn | February 5, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

It figures DALLAS wouldn't be smart enough to know that ICEMELT/SALT is for ICE....

Posted by: BigDogDaddy2868 | February 5, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

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