By TomE. Curran
DALLAS - If you're home watching Super Bowl 45 today, you're in a good spot. North Texas continues to come up small for the biggest one-day sporting event on the planet. The NFL just released a statement announcing "there are a limited number of sections in temporary seating areas inside the stadium that have not been fully completed. We are working to resolve the matter and expect that by game time, most of the fans affected will have been accommodated in their seats or relocated to similar or better seats. "Those fans that are affected by this will be directed to the Party Plaza while the matter is resolved. Fans who are not accommodated with seats inside the stadium will each receive a refund of triple the cost of the face value of their ticket. We regret the situation."This is the latest in a string of situations showing awful planning by the Dallas-Fort Worth area in getting themselves set for the game. A freak ice and snowstorm hit the area and dangerous temperatures followed. Unfortunate. But negligent was the failure of the city to even plow highways and major streetsin the downtown area, shovel sidewalks or put salt or sand on the ice that covered pedestrian thoroughfares. Rolling blackouts throughout downtown hit the city on Friday (I showered in the dark Friday night and took the stairs 23 floors up and down in the Dallas Sheraton, the main hotel for the event). Shuttles to the game today from downtown are taking two hours to arrive (it's a 20-minute ride) because of the failure to control pedestrian foot traffic near the city. The litany of failures borders on the bizarre because few outfits in the world are better at pulling off a big event than the NFL.
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By TomE. Curran