6 Injured by falling ice at Cowboys StadiumPosted: Updated:
ARLINGTON, Texas - Six people were injured after ice fell onto them outside the southern area of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
One person who was critical injured was taken to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth and is now listed in fair condition. The other five injured were taken to Arlington Memorial in good condition and have been released.
"The ice and snow melting off of the Cowboys Stadium roof has caused several sliding snow falls onto the plaza," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He said most stadium entrances had been closed Friday afternoon.
A safety zone has been created around the area of the stadium where the incident occurred as ice continues to melt and fall over the side in chunks and sheets. Workers are also using warmers inside the stadium to heat the roof.
The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning Friday for Arlington, home of the $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium where the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers will play this weekend for the NFL title.
Forecasters expect a mostly sunny Super Bowl Sunday with highs in the 40s, and organizers said last week that the stadium's retractable roof will be closed.
The latest punch of unusual cold and snow hit a city still struggling to recover from Tuesday's ice storm, part of a massive system that paralyzed a large swath of the country with blizzards, thundersnow and bone-chilling temperatures this week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report