Despite Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spending $1,000 at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar in Fort Worth earlier in Super Bowl week, the blanket of ice and snow that snarled transportation is certain to dent a predicted economic impact of more than $500 million. And during last Saturday's Hall of Fame induction announcement, even Cowboy Charles Haley was snubbed. Nothing, it seemed, went right. But surely the crowning jewel—Cowboys Stadium—would rebound from almost killing a guy to be a spectacular host that would shake the Etch A Sketch of a horrible week.

Nope.

In a desperate attempt to appease owner Jerry Jones and set a Super Bowl attendance record, the NFL—let's make that clear, the league controls everything about the stadium on Super Sunday—sold tickets to stand outside and crammed extra seats inside. Problem: Just before kickoff, 1,250 of those seats were deemed unsafe, forcing the NFL to find other spots for its patrons. Some were standing behind the Steelers' bench. Some were jammed in the media seating. And some were just not seated, offered an apology and triple the price of the $800 ticket to compensate them for their loss. But what about the flight to Dallas? The lodging? The once-in-a-lifetime experience?

"We regret the situation and inconvenience that it may have caused," the NFL said in a statement. "We will conduct a full review of this matter."

Outside it wasn't much better as ticket-holders waited hours in security lines that were condensed and overcrowded because three gates were still closed out of fear of falling ice. At one point, a group of impatient fans began shouting "Jerry Jones sucks!"

Even worse, Jones and the NFL didn't get their precious record, falling 766 short of the mark set at The Rose Bowl in 1980. Ouch.

Christina Aguilera flubbed the National Anthem and a section of lights stopped working on The Black Eyed Peas stage during halftime and the hated Packers hoisted a trophy on the Cowboys' home field and now there's an NFL lockout looming.

I hope you enjoyed your Super Bowl. Unfortunately, it may not be coming back.

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jebwebs
jebwebs

So sad to see a little of the misery Jones has arrogantly ladled out since he bought the franchise, coming full circle to bite him in the butt. Seems to me, the man might have taken a closer look at the details from the git go.

There are only a handful of cities capable of hosting the Super Bowl and guarantee the possibility of good weather in February, (Miami, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, New Orleans and Dallas) and even those locations suffer severe weather events. As for that week in Dallas, well there are some things in life one simple must 'suck up' and not dwell on unnecessarily, such as the laments of writer Whitt. As for his prediction, he is flat wrong. Having done it 'wrong' Jones is now placed in the position of having to 'get it right'. As Jason Garrett builds the team on the field, know Jones will be working hard toward the day he can set this right and show how it can be done in North Texas. Should he sell the team it would become a part of the 'inherited obligations' of the new owner. It's not that we're a prideful bunch, but it's just so much more fun when its done the right way.

The screw ups around the show aside; a singer who couldn't, a sound system that wouldn't and I'm filing this Super Bowl as a 'Great Contest of Wills'. None can argue we were not provided 60 minutes of fine football. What detracted from the game were sub-par performances by those bringing us the show around the game and by Ol'Man Weather playing a most cruel joke.

Russell Jones1952
Russell Jones1952

I think it worked out GREAT ! Jerry gets screwed and we damned sure don't need ant more yankees. STAY HOME !

fitzgerald
fitzgerald

Hindsight might be everything. Here are my two-four cents worth on the Super Bowl. Blame game............ Arlington has no public transportation to Cowboys Stadium. Super Bowl events not staged in one location. No adequate snow/ice removal equipment ready to move in and eliminate some problems. No reason to try for the attendance record. No more flubbing the Star Spangled Banner...........if cards are needed to read then do it. And, most of all, I didn't have a ticket to the Super Bowl. Better the Packers won than the Steelers. Now, I can crawl back into my hole.

Mike
Mike

I for one am glad that Jerry's spectacle ended up like his football team, A total clusterfuck! Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor? Proof he does, when mother nature hooked Jerry up!

I watched that hillbilly sitting with dignitaries, and heads up state, and thought to myself, this is what the US, and the world think of Dallas, Texas. Jerry fucking Jones! Made me want to bury my head in the sand rather than tell people I'm from Dallas. May he slide under a gas truck and catch fire!

justsayin
justsayin

Houston's super bowl was much better planned and executed flawlessly. All the parties were held in a 7 block area in downtown Houston instead of being spread over a 40 mile radius. Also their transit trains delivered fans very close to the stadium. Wow! Houston deserves another Super Bowl far sooner than Dallas does...

busterkeaton
busterkeaton

Bet ya, a few of the folks, who were permanently relocated(eminent domained) out of their homes, to give way to that monstrous eyesore, better known as "The Death Star", are getting a few chuckles out of all this.

UGuest
UGuest

Most everything mentioned here was weather related to some degree (pun intended). Cowboy Stadium is an awesome spectacle. So if Jerry Jones gets to host another Super Bowl in 2016, hell will freeze over- again.

a debacle
a debacle

About sums it up..........with one exception - as I understand the temporary seating selection, installation, etc - certainly came to the NFL for approval as it manifested tickets, but again, as I understand - this installation was totally a Dallas Cowboys and stadium management project - start to finish. Doesn't mean the NFL isn't involved on some level, but maybe not to the level you stated. Again, agree with your article's tone and tenor.............

jebwebs
jebwebs

PS, would have been fun being a fly on the wall of Jone's office for the last week.

 
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