Report: Falling ice broke man's shoulder

Updated: February 5, 2011, 11:14 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

A veteran photographer says he feared for his life Friday when pieces of ice the size of bowling balls fell onto him from the roof of Cowboys Stadium.

"Honestly, while it was hitting me, I was thinking I'm going to die here," Win McNamee told The Dallas Morning News. "It was pretty frightening."

McNamee, who works for Getty Images, broke his shoulder in four places and will require surgery, the newspaper reported. He was to fly home Saturday to Washington, D.C.

McNamee was among at least six people injured after being struck by ice and snow outside the site of Sunday's Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers in Arlington.

The NFL says the injured included private contractors it hired to prepare the stadium. One man was hit in the head, and one person remained in the hospital Friday night.

McNamee told The Morning News he was on assignment for snow-related photos. He said he heard noises resembling jet engines before seeing an "avalanche of ice."

Goodell The likelihood is they'll have to get somebody up there to get the snow off as soon as possible. They likely will be doing that in the next 24 hours.

-- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell
of the Cowboys Stadium roof

"I had nowhere to go," he said. "It hurt pretty bad."

The general sense of frustration in the North Texas area with the long, cold week took an even worse turn Friday, when temperatures were below freezing for the fourth consecutive day and more snow fell three days after an ice storm.

"The likelihood is they'll have to get somebody up there to get the snow off as soon as possible," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday of the Cowboys Stadium roof. "They likely will be doing that in the next 24 hours."

The forecast called for temperatures getting into the low 40s under partly cloudy skies Saturday. There is a chance of rain or more snow early Sunday with the temperature again around 40.

The temperature won't matter to most of the 100,000 fans, who will be inside the stadium -- though it could be an issue for the 5,000 people with $200 tickets to watch the game from a party plaza just outside. Inside are the world's two biggest high-definition television screens, museum-caliber artwork, field-level suites and end-zone doors capable of sliding open, just like the roof.

But all those wonders took a backseat after Friday's accident.

"Safety is our priority, but we do have some unique circumstances around the stadium right now," Goodell said. "What we're focusing now is first the stadium and the people that were injured. Second is the safety of the people around the stadium, make sure that we can secure an area, make sure that they can continue to do what they need to do in a safe environment."

Informaton from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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