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Falling ice injures seven at Cowboys Stadium

Workers clear ice outside of Cowboys Stadium earlier

Workers clear ice outside of Cowboys Stadium earlier this week during preparations for Super Bowl XLV. (Feb. 2, 2011) Credit: AP

The bad weather burying Super Bowl week in North Texas has become more than just an inconvenience.

According to the Dallas Morning News, seven people were injured, one of them critically, when ice fell from the roof of Cowboys Stadium on Friday afternoon. The accident happened at about 1:15 p.m. central time. All but one of the entrances to the stadium has been shut because of the incident.

“The ice and snow melting off of the Cowboys Stadium roof has caused several sliding snow falls onto the plazas,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the paper in an e-mail.

Five of the seven people injured were taken to local hospitals, the paper reported.

This isn’t the first time this season the NFL has had to deal with weather issues at a stadium. In December, the Vikings-Giants game had to be delayed and eventually moved to Detroit when snow built up in the roof of the Metrodome and eventually caused its collapse. The Vikings played their final home game at the University of Minnesota. Also in December, a Vikings game in Philadelphia was postponed two days because a blizzard made for dangerous conditions for fans to get to the game.

The Super Bowl will be held at the two-year-old, billion-dollar Cowboys Stadium on Sunday, which has a retractable roof that will be closed for the game. While temperatures on Sunday are expected to be close to 60, the week leading up to the game has been marked by snow, ice and freezing temperatures which has brought the Dallas area to a standstill.

“All stadium entrances have been closed except for the truck tunnel, which is away from the building by a very safe distance,” McCarthy said. “All workers and visitors will now enter and exit through the tunnel until further notice.”

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