Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl XLV weather

TMS jet dryers put to use in Arlington

February, 6, 2011
Texas Motor Speedway's two jet dryer trucks were in Arlington on Saturday to assist the North Texas Super Bowl Committee in preparing neighboring parking lots for Sunday's Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

The modified Chevrolet pick-up trucks are equipped with a Learjet engine and are used to dry or blow debris from TMS' high-banked oval. They were used to melt and blow ice and snow from the parking lots at The Ballpark in Arlington that will be used Sunday.

The trucks were contracted by the committee months ago as a precaution in the event of inclement weather. The area has been dealing with icy conditions throughout the week.

Weather won't stop SB from coming back

February, 4, 2011
The retractable roof at JerryWorld apparently came with a cost not included in the football palace’s $1.2 billion price tag.

A blizzard dumped a foot of snow on the Metroplex at the beginning of the NBA All-Star Weekend last year, dampening the spirits before the stadium’s first international showcase. The winter weather has been even worse in this region for Super Bowl week, when ice storms preceded the snowfall.

Clearly, The Man above must be mad about his view being blocked after enjoying all those roof-free Sundays at Texas Stadium. He’s taking out his wrath by whipping up woeful winter weather when the world is watching JerryWorld.

If you buy that theory, you’re foolish enough to believe that the Super Bowl won’t be back in Arlington in the not-too-distant future, just like the NBA All-Star Game, which was considered a wild success after the biggest basketball crowd ever packed the place. JerryWorld is just too palatial not to be in the regular rotation for these events. And, in the case of the Super Bowl, Jerry Jones is just too powerful in NFL circles.

The weather was a big blow to the Dallas/Fort Worth restaurant and bar owners who anticipated a major boost in business this week. But it won’t hurt the chances of the Super Bowl being back.

Changes needed, but SB should return

February, 4, 2011
Cowboys Stadium is the best stadium in the NFL.

No stadium compares and when the North Texas Super Bowl committee puts its plan together to bid on another title game, there should be a few changes.

While it's not anybody's fault, it appears the Dallas/Fort Worth area wasn't prepared to deal with the aftermath of snow and freezing rain. It's hard to predict when snow and rain will hit a city, but you need to have the necessary equipment and manpower to deal with it.

The roads around the Super Bowl-related events were kept clear, but there were issues in other areas. If you're going to clear the roads for the Super Bowl you need to do it for people living in the city fulltime.

The city of Arlington, where the game is being held, needs to have more entertainment around the area. That's always been the goal of city officials since the Texas Rangers moved into their ballpark, but it hasn't happened. Now you have big events in Arlington, from Final Fours, bowl games and the such.

You need to spice things up.

North Texas did a nice job of hosting the Super Bowl, but a few changes can make things better.

Inclement weather impacts TMS, too

February, 4, 2011
From TMS:

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway, like numerous business establishments throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, was expecting to reap the regional economic benefits of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, but the continued inclement weather has iced those plans.

Texas Motor Speedway had been targeted this weekend as a major destination for companies seeking a unique entertainment option for their Super Bowl guests and clients, but ice and snow throughout the week have led to the cancellation of the busiest, single-day track rental date in the speedway’s 15-year history on Saturday as well as one of its more lucrative on-track rental weekends.

With the track surface covered with roughly two inches of ice in addition to three to four inches of fresh snow today, Texas Motor Speedway was forced to cancel three days of on-track activity -- beginning today -- that involved six visiting companies and more than 300 guests and clients. The companies were planning to treat their guests to a variety of driving schools available at Texas Motor Speedway -- the Team Texas High Performance Driving School and Texas Driving Experience that are based here as well as the World Class Driving School that was arriving from out of town just for the weekend’s special events. Team Texas features NASCAR stock cars, TDE utilizes high-performance Chevrolet Corvettes and the World Class Driving School showcases exotic cars such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Bentleys.

Texas Motor Speedway was expecting a “six-figure” windfall from its Super Bowl-related events, but the surface conditions and freezing temperatures were too much to overcome to prepare both the high-banked, 1.5-mile oval and the infield road course for the scheduled events.

“It has been an extremely disappointing week for not only Texas Motor Speedway but all the businesses big and small that were looking forward to enjoying the major economic impact that the Super Bowl brings to a region, especially the first time,” Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. “This also was going to be an opportunity for us to showcase our venue to some companies and guests that have never seen one of the premier motorsports facilities. It’s unfortunate, but we are all aware how unpredictable the weather can be in North Texas at this time of year.”

Snow hits Dallas-Fort Worth area

February, 4, 2011
Overnight snow hit the Dallas/Fort Worth area causing schools and businesses to close on Friday.

It's been a rough week for the area hosting it's first Super Bowl.

Freezing rain hit the area on Monday night causing school and business closures. It also closed both airports.

Wednesday was the coldest day in the Dallas area since February 1989. The high was only 20 degrees with winds gusting from 15-to-20 mph.

And on Thursday night, snow began to fall into Friday morning leaving between three-and-five inches on the grounds.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he didn't think the weather would bother any future Super Bowls from happening at Cowboys Stadium in the future.

The North Texas Super Bowl Committee is planning on bidding on Super Bowl L.

Several charity events have been canceled this week due to the bad weather.

The Heart of American Foundation, Target and the NFLPA was going to unveil a renovated library at George Peabody elementary school on Friday but that was canceled. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant were scheduled to attend.

The party scene might take a hit if the bad weather continues.

However, the third annual Big Game Big Give party, deemed the No. 1 Super Bowl party by ESPN last year, will still have it's event on Saturday on the five-acre estate of Phil and Lillie Romano. Stephanie Heller, director of special events, said the invitation only event will be hosted by actress Hilary Swank.

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings are hosting a party at F.I.G. in Dallas on Saturday. Jermaine Bennett, the event organizer, said the event will go on as scheduled despite the weather.

As for the weather over the weekend, things are expected to get warmer. Forecasts have temperatures as high as 45 on Saturday and 50 on Sunday, the day of Super Bowl XLV.