The runup to this year’s Super Bowl, airing this Sunday on Fox starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, may be remembered for the absence of the usual excitement, and Mother Nature is to blame, CNN reports.
With a deep freeze blanketing much of the South, authorities in the Dallas area, where the game will be played, have apparently been caught unprepared. Much of the city is shut down just before the biggest sporting event of the year, according to some witnesses.
"When you drive around here right now, there’s nothing going on," said Kurt Warner, a former Super Bowl MVP. "It’s like the city is dead, which you don’t expect Super Bowl week."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave a more measured assessment, but admitted that Dallas faces "a few challenges that we didn’t expect, weather-wise."
Hundreds of flights in and out of the city were reportedly canceled today due to debilitating sleet and snow, the story reported.
Robert Cluck, the mayor of Arlington, Texas, downplayed the problems. "Everybody is going to be able get in and out easily,” he said.
Dallas Fort Worth Airport was reportedly open Friday, but flights were cut back. Meanwhile, Love Field Airport in Dallas was closed at one point during the day, but flights later resumed, according to the story.
Forecasters today were projecting that the sub-freezing temperatures would be history by game day, with a predicted high of 44 degrees. The game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers will be played in Cowboys Stadium, which is a domed arena, the story points out.