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“It just takes time to get to and from them,” he said. “Sure, there’s been some problems. No question about that. But what we can do is what we’re doing. Every contingency is fully operative right now.”

Some events have been canceled or postponed. Most of those were outdoors or involved schoolchildren, and many were thrown by sponsors.

Goodell noted that the timing was pure bad luck. Dallas does tend to have an ice storm or two every winter, but rarely do they last this long. Besides, much of the country has been socked this week.

“There are very few communities anywhere right now who have not been impacted by this storm,” Goodell said. “This community has pulled together and done an extraordinary job and my hat’s off to them.”

Such praise indicates the commissioner won’t be holding the weather against Dallas the next time it tries to host a Super Bowl. Organizers are eyeing the 2016 game, which is the 50th edition.

The choice actually comes from team owners. And as long as the main event on Sunday comes off OK, the bad weather this week may be forgotten.

The NFL will evaluate this from what perspective? How great the game was itself and what was the revenue generation _ and maybe not in that order,” Lively said. “We’ll have the largest attendance of any Super Bowl, I suspect the largest gate, the largest television audience, all in the greatest stadium in the world. That’s more important than snow and ice the week before.”

The $1.2 billion stadium has a roof, so the conditions will be perfect at kickoff. There were some scary moments around the building on Friday as melting sections of ice broke loose and plummeted over drains, sending six people to hospitals with injuries. None were considered life-threatening.

Super Bowls have been in cold-weather cities before, such as Detroit and Minneapolis. But those places deal with such conditions all the time, perhaps even more than Indianapolis and New York.

So the best comparison is Atlanta, a Southern city that had the misfortune of weather like this the last time it hosted. That’s right _ the league hasn’t returned, albeit not simply because of the weather.

This week could prove to be a turning point. What if cold becomes the new hot thing for Super Bowl hosts? Imagine winter wonderlands in Indianapolis and New Jersey clearing the path for other nontraditional places to one day host a Super Bowl, maybe even Pittsburgh or Green Bay.

It’s certainly no more crazy than the notion of 100 straight hours of subfreezing temperatures in Dallas hitting the same week that the Cowboys get to host the Super Bowl for the first time.

“I can’t believe we’re in Texas,” said Drew Garceau, a Packers fan from Milwaukee on his way to the NFL Experience fan festival Friday. “We came for warm weather and got just as cold as Wisconsin. I wish it could be warmer.”

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AP National Writer Paul Newberry contributed to this report.

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