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NFL Facility Notes: Work Continues On Damaged Cowboys Stadium Roof

In Ft. Worth, Susan Schrock notes “workers continued repairing metal flashing on the Cowboys Stadium roof that was damaged by the ice storm” before last month’s Super Bowl. Cowboys Dir of Corporate Communications Brett Daniels yesterday declined to disclose the repair cost, but said that HKS Architects, the firm that designed Cowboys Stadium, is “still exploring ways to prevent ice and snow buildup on the domed roof.” The Cowboys have “asked to make recommendations meant not only to improve public safety but also to prevent damage to the retractable roof.” Six workers “were injured -- none critically -- by falling ice during Super Bowl week” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/23).

POLITICAL POSTURING? L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, speaking at a luncheon meeting of the L.A. Current Affairs Forum, “questioned the NFL’s imminent desire to return to the nation’s second-largest media market.” Ridley-Thomas: “If there is an appetite, it’s a small one.” He added, “It would not surprise me at all if we found new sites emerging over the next few weeks or so. It would not surprise me at all if in fact we were to see the NFL acknowledge that it thinks competition for a new franchise or a relocated franchise in Los Angeles would be a good thing in the interest of Los Angeles and the league. That’s been their pattern for the last 15 years” (LADOWNTOWNNEWS.com, 3/21).

FORWARD HO: In Green Bay, Rob Demovsky reports the Packers “will go forward with their plans to expand the Lambeau Field bowl seating area, although it wouldn’t likely be ready until the 2013 season at the earliest.” Packers VP/Administration & General Counsel Jason Wied said that the team is “committed to expanding the stadium with outdoor seats and not club or luxury seating.” The Packers this offseason are “replacing the sound system and adding new video boards in the stadium” (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 3/23).
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