Â Â Leaders from the farthest-flung reaches of North Texas converged on Cowboys Stadium yesterday for the second gathering of the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee’s Council of Mayors. Fort Worth’s Mike Moncrief was the big dog in the room (Tom Leppert wasn’t there), among representatives from places like Denton, Parker, Rowlett, DeSoto, Flower Mound, and Krugerville, and dozens of other spots,Â as well asÂ the mysterious “Mayor G.” (See photo)
The meeting wasn’t open to the public, and even members of the media were shut out of the first bit. What we were allowed to hear were updates on the Slant 45 program, and transportation, aviation, and public safety plans.
For example, we were told that on the day of the Super Bowl there will be a no-fly zone within a 10-mile radius of the stadium. And only restricted flying will be allowed within 30 miles. The southern end of D/FW Airport is less than 10 miles away, and Love Field is about 15. So everyÂ plane traveling between 4 p.m. and midnight will be affected.Â Maybe don’t book a flight for Feb. 6, 2011.
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- During the week leading up to the last Super Bowl, in Tampa, upwards of 1,200 corporate aircraft flew in for the game. That region’s entire fleet of 15,000 rental cars was booked.
- The Taste of the NFL event, at the Fort Worth Convention Center the night before the game, will feature treats whipped up by chefs from each of the cities with NFL teams. The Cowboys decide who represents North Texas. Bill Lively, CEO of the Host Committee, mentioned Dean Fearing as a possibility. But both Fearing and Stephan Pyles sit on the Host Committee. Who gets the nod?
- Cowboys Stadium is a great place to have a meeting. It sure beats sitting inside some drab hotel conference room, as evidenced by the photo below of Lively at the podium. (Bonus points if you can name the famous face belonging to that bald spot in the first row.)