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Six people injured by falling ice at Super Bowl venue

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, February 5, 2011 8:43 EDT
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DALLAS, Texas (AFP) – At least six workers who were trying to get Cowboys Stadium ready for the Super Bowl were taken to hospitals on Friday after being struck by falling ice, a National Football League spokesman said.

The six were taken to different hospitals and the two most seriously injured were in stable condition.

“Melting ice and snow on the Cowboys Stadium roof slid onto several plaza areas earlier today,” said Michael Signora, the NFL’s vice president of communications.

“The snow on the roof is in the process of being cleared away in preparation for Sunday’s Super Bowl.”

The Dallas-Fort Worth area was hammered with back-to-back winter storms this week which brought ice and bone-chilling winds then dumped six inches (15 centimeters) of snow early Friday morning.

The incident happened around 1:15 pm (19:15 GMT) at south end of the stadium and Signora said a concession tent outside the stadium also was damaged by falling snow and ice but no one was hurt in that incident.

“The area where the snow and ice fell has been cordoned off and people are not allowed to walk through that location,” an Arlington Fire Department spokesman said.

The 1.2 billion dollar stadium, located just outside of Dallas, is where the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers will meet in Super Bowl 45 on Sunday, when more than 100,000 people are expected to converge for the spectacle.

As temperatures warmed slightly and the sun came out, ice and snow started falling from the roof of the stadium, billed as the tallest domed stadium in the world.

“When the ice falls, it can drop about 75 feet away from the stadium. You can’t tell where it is going to hit,” Arlington Fire Department spokesman Pedro Arevalo told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

All stadium walk-in entrances were closed after the ice and snow fell and authorities set up a wide perimetre around the area. The only entrance that remained open was a truck tunnel.

Organizers are expecting a record Super Bowl crowd, breaking the current attendance mark for a Super Bowl of 103,667 when Washington beat Miami in 1983 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The Super Bowl is not the first major sporting event at the stadium, but it is by far the largest since the venue was built in 2009.

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  • Anonymous

    Did Jerry Jones ever do anything for that Cowboys assistant who was badly hurt when the practice facility “tent” crashed down on the guy? Last I read he had not.

    Well, here’s hoping those 6 injured folks get a good lawyer and sue JJ’s pants off. It is his building, after all. His monstrosity. It HAD to be a big and bad as his ego, which apparently has led to design flaws.

  • Guest

    Even the buildings themselves are lethal when it comes to this national head-injury sport.

  • Anonymous

    The Superbowl should only be played in San Diego, Arizona, New Orleans, Tampa, or Miami. All the other cities have proven flawed.

  • Anonymous

    I believe it will be the engineers and architects that will be held responsible.

    The design flaw should be credited to the designers and those who signed off on the design as meeting the proper safety standards.

    Just the same I don’t care for football or Jerry Jones.

    By the way, they used NIST to determine that the practice tent was a flawed design.

    http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/10/cowboys-practice-facility-coll.html

    If I were on the defendant’s team, I would impugn NIST credibility by citing their extremely flawed and deceptive reports on the collapses of the WTC on 9/11. They said fires brought those buildings down. Ridiculous.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    I believe it will be the engineers and architects that will be held responsible.

    I believe the blame falls on the suits who authorized the design plans for construction.

    The architects, knowing the location, should have sufficiently planned for falling sheets of ice but the suckers in suits fell for it.

    And the city itself shares some blame, they should know it snows in Texas sometimes too.

  • Investigate-NWO-globalists

    It’s more of the blasted “global warming!” Bring on Al Gore’s carbon taxes now!

  • enorceht

    football is there to keep the masses hypnotized until nascar season … nascar season is there to keep the masses hypnotized until football season

    football season
    A season typically begins in mid-to-late August and runs through December, into January. The NFL playoffs run further through January, and the Super Bowl is often played in the first week of February.

    nascar season
    The point paying race season is 36 races in length, going from the 2nd Sunday in February until the 3rd Sunday in November.

  • Guest

    Having grown up 50 miles north of Green Bay, maybe the “all other cities have proven flawed” thing is a bit overstated, eh? Cheers… Go Pack!

    http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Green+Bay%2C+Wisconsin

    (Edited by author a while back because he’s a terrible speller)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    Anybody with half-a-brain could have foreseen that the ice on this convex surface would fall in the manner that it did…Yet people were allowed to place themselves in harms way under the exposed sides of this structure.
    Many lawyers will be handing out their cards to the victims of this one.

  • Anonymous

    The plaintiffs will likely sue all parties connected to the project. The “deepest pockets” are likely the suits, so they will be sued even if they are not the most culpable.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_pocket

  • Anonymous

    Super Bowl Set for Frozen Dallas
    A number of people are injured by falling snow and ice from Cowboys Stadium, as the wintry weather causes chaos for fans. The game kicks off on Sunday evening between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. http://www.newslook.com/videos/288527-super-bowl-set-for-frozen-dallas?autoplay=true

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