I would have written this Monday, but frankly I needed some sleep if this was going to make any sense.
I won’t bore you breaking down the game. You saw what happened and you can draw your own conclusions. Instead, its what you didn’t see … and what you probably have read … about the host site of North Texas. No, the weather did not help and frankly it made the whole Super Bowl experience feel more like the winter olympics. But this city was not prepared and that became glaringly obvious during the Super Bowl week.
The event was spread out to the point that it seems Super Bowl Sunday was the only time everyone there for the game was in the same time zone. We stayed with the team in Fort Worth and frankly we could have been in Albuquerque and felt the same distance. It was just too spread out.
Then, there was no plows to speak of and no salt, so the roads looked worse than anything you will see in a rural part of western Pennsylvania. Should I even mention the price of parking? If you could get within a mile of the stadium, you were looking at $100 to park your car. That was the minimum.
We all know about the seating fiasco inside the stadium. That has been well reported. The shock that I felt when I was letting viewers know what was happening was why did they wait so long to get the temporary seats up. Everything else about this stadium was state-of-the-art. Why not the seating?
One thing I could not complain about: My seats for the Super Bowl. Pretty good, huh?
That brings me to the stadium itself, I will say this: Cowboys Stadium is the most stunning facility in which I have ever watched a sporting event. Its got everything … including that video board which is so large I didn’t even watch the game on the field. Its amazing! However, all the stuff we had to go through to get to that point took some of the luster of the event.
The sad thing for me … and I would think for the players … was that being at the Super Bowl is as much a reward as an honor. Super Bowls used to be played in Miami, Tampa, New Orleans. These are cities where the chance of inclement weather is small. Now, the next two Super Bowls will be in Indianapolis and New Jersey, with the Meadowlands Super Bowl being outside. Is that what we really want?
I just thought the league would have learned its lesson from Detroit. I mean that was a miserable place to hold a championship game. Cold, snow and freezing rain. Even the Steeler players that year had to wonder.
Anyway,I think it will be awhile before Dallas is hosting another Super Bowl … and if they do, I think Pittsburgh should get its shot. After all, we do have snow plows.