Feb 9, 2024 - News

When Arlington hosted the Super Bowl

A photo from the 2011 showing Cowboys Stadium

Jerry World hasn't hosted a Super Bowl since this iced-over debacle. Photo: Tom Hauck/Getty Images

Our football stadium in Arlington was just two years old — and not yet named AT&T Stadium — when North Texas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

What happened: An ice storm paralyzed the region for several days, drawing ridicule from colder cities that are better equipped to handle winter weather.

  • Ice falling from the stadium's roof injured several workers the Friday before the big game.
  • "I-30 between Dallas + Fort Worth is a plow-less, snow-windswept moonscape. This is officially a debacle," Sports Illustrated writer Peter King tweeted at the time.

And: A shortage of seats at the stadium on Game Day left hundreds of ticket holders without a seat, leading to lawsuits that took years to settle.

But, but, but: The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers got to play under Cowboys Stadium's closed roof, a reprieve from the bitter cold conditions that they usually face at home.

  • The Packers won 31-25.

The bottom line: We haven't hosted a Super Bowl since.

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