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Super Bowl Scene: Sunday night

Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:44 am
Edited on: February 7, 2011 11:17 am
Super Bowl XLV (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

DALLAS -- It’s all over. Super Bowl Week is in the books. It was one of those weeks that felt both short and long. I’m sitting in Section 327 at Cowboys Stadium in a row of über-focused writers trying to make deadline (tension, as always, is palpable). The field is still littered with piles – PILES – of confetti. The teams have left the building and a bunch of the media has gone home. The experience of being at the biggest sporting event of the year was marvelous.

This was my first Super Bowl. I had been told that the energy in the stadium would be bizarre. “For the first 10 minutes it’s incredible,” one NFL lifer told me. “But then it levels off and becomes somewhat flat because there are so many corporate folks and non-fans in the building”.

This proved to be true, but only to a certain extent. Cowboys Stadium seats over 100,000, which is roughly 30,000 more than a typical Super Bowl venue. That meant 30,000 additional tickets for fans. And the type of fans that shell out the big bucks to attend a Super Bowl tend to be passionate. There was plenty of noise and enthusiasm throughout the game.

Personally, a tough adjustment was watching the game live. The media auxiliary press box was in the corner of the Packers end zone. It was great because it was out in the open and closer to the field. When the action was down on that end of the field, great. But when it was on the other end, the best option was watching the big screens (Yes, screens.) Only problem: the big screen on the left (the huge one) had the action going in one direction, while the big screen on the right had the action going in the opposite direction (like a mirror). It was obnoxiously confusing at times. And, not to complain, but the Cowboys Stadium broadcast had limited camera angles and a director who, for reasons unknown, thought it was better to show close-ups of the quarterback right up until the ball was snapped. Thus, in order to see the play, you’d have to look at the formation down on the field, then look up at the big screen after the snap. Again, I’m NOT complaining. Just saying it was a mildly confusing way to watch football.

The energy of the halftime show had that “leveled off” aura that I’d been told C. Woodson (US Presswire)about. Most of the people in the building enjoyed seeing the Black Eyed Peas, but they weren’t intense fans of the group. So the patrons were more inclined to clap than cheer. At least Usher’s arrival sparked the building a bit.

When the game ended, there was a stark contrast of contrasting energies in the stadium. Looking to the right and seeing the euphoric Packers sideline made the heart race; looking to the left and seeing the distraught Steelers sideline made it sink. Truly. There was a lot of emotion in the building.

After writing some postgame analysis I meandered down to the locker room area. I needed to go left down the concourse but instead I went right. I didn’t realize this until I got halfway around the stadium. Good mistake, though. Because I went the wrong way, I was fortunate enough to catch Charles Woodson walking down the hall…with the Lombardi Trophy in hand.

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