This blog is in response to some of my buddies pointing out the neumerous deficientcies in this yeas Superbowl. This is not a list of excuses, just pointing out the responsible parties.
If anyone has additional or more current facts, please feel free to add in comments.
Dallas hosted the Superbowl. I thought the game was pretty good, the Steelers were in it until the end. There has been some constructive critisism of the planning and delivery of the product. Let's get the first complaint out of the way. The weather. In Dallas, we have maybe 6 weeks of winter. Sometimes we go several years without ice and snow. When we do get precip, it's usually ice and no more than an inch or so. Snow plows aren't as effective on ice so TXDoT doesn't have them here. They use mainly sand and not salt because when we do get this mess, it usually lasts a day or 2 at the most, then the sun comes out, temp get's up to 60 again and it all goes away (also salt is corrosive and not good to put into the public water supply). Neither JJ, nor the NFL could control the weather.
The next complaint was transportation and the next falling dominoes. Because of poor planning by the utility providers, there were rolling blackouts. More on this later. Because of that, DART rail was shut down the first day. The next dominoe was that the Taxi Driver's Union took this time to go on strike. I don't agree with thier timing, but it is their right to strike. The Metroplex is spread out resulting in some significant distances between venues. Throw in the bad weather and it's really amamzing so many people were ABLE to get where they wanted to go.
Rolling blackouts were a result of very poor planning by the utility companies and the bad weather. There were multiple coal plants that were that were poorly designed with equipment outdoors that were taken out by the weather. When they went to fire up the natural gas plants, because of the extreme cold, they lost pressure in the pipelines. Ther'ye plan was to schedule rolling blackouts to lessen the stess on the power grid. They also asked for commercial an residential customers to conserve. That's why a lot of venues cut back on heat.
Last, the long security lines in. Again, there were multiple reasons that caused this. One weather related and the other security related. Ice fell from the roof injuring several people, 1 critically. The shut down the entrances until they could remove the ice from those areas of the roof. The security issue was thet there were many VIPs in attendance, including a former President. They tightened up security because they didn't want to se him or any of the other big wigs taken out on worldwide TV in front of 111 million people.
The last snafu was that the contractor for the additional seating didn't perform and actually walked off the job. You can blame JJ and the NFL for wanting to break records, but haven't we all had contractors that didn't perform?
I'm not trying to make excuses, just share some of the unrelated events that went into the outcome. Hopefully everyone learned something from this to be better prepared for the outdoor Superbowl in the new Giant's Stadium.
Peace out guys, till next time!