Super Bowl News & Notes

By Bill Michaels

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The retractable roof at $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium will be closed for the Super Bowl.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday the decision was made well in advance of the Feb. 6 game so the league could have a "singular focus" on logistics.The weather in Dallas-Fort Worth could be good enough for an open-air game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. But there's also a risk of freezing temperatures.
The Cowboys opened the roof when they had 105,121 for the first regular season game at their new stadium in 2009. Attendance could surpass 100,000 for the Super Bowl, but only about 93,000 will be inside the stadium.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The AFC championship game earned its highest television rating in 14 years, while the NFC game also drew the best rating for the early conference championship game in the same span.
The Pittsburgh Steelers' 24-19 win over the New York Jets in the AFC title game Sunday on CBS had a 28.3 rating and 43 share, the highest since the Jaguars-Patriots matchup in January 1997.
The Green Bay Packers' 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Fox earned a 28.1/50, the best since Panthers-Packers, also in '97.
The AFC game was watched by an average of 54.85 million viewers, breaking the record set by San Diego-Cincinnati in 1982 when the population was smaller.
Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL and Fox announced today that five-time Grammy winner Christina Aguilera will sing the national anthem ahead of the Steelers and Packers meeting in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Cowboys Stadium. The previously announced halftime show will feature The Black Eyed Peas.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin towel maker is smack-dab in the middle of the Green Bay Packer-Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl matchup.
McArthur Towel and Sports, a WinCraft company, has been producing officially licensed sports towels for years, including the Steeler fans' beloved Terrible Towel. Now the company is busy creating a Super Bowl version.
But the company's president, Gregg McArthur, says he loves the Packers. He's working on a Super Bowl towel for the green and gold, too.

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