ARLINGTON, Texas -- Wicked winter weather or not, Troy Aikman firmly believes the Super Bowl will be back at Cowboys Stadium.
Aikman, who will replace Roger Staubach as the North Texas Super Bowl committee chairman, wants the Super Bowl back in Dallas in five years. That's the earliest return date allowed by NFL rules. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and the committee have had their sights set on Super Bowl L since the day they won the bid for XLV.
The snow and ice have created far less than ideal conditions for the early portion of this week, as was the case with the buildup to the NBA All-Star Game last year. However, Aikman points out that the $1.2 billion palace of a stadium is the reason the Super Bowl is in Dallas and will be back.
"I can't imagine not having more Super Bowls in North Texas," Aikman said during a media event promoting the Fox crew that will broadcast the game. "As someone who is very proud to be living in this region and considers this home for me, I don't want to apologize for the weather that we're experiencing. But for those who haven't really spent any time here, they don't know that this is atypical for us.
"Everyone is shocked that it's happened, but hopefully that doesn't hurt our chances of getting future Super Bowls. And I don't think it will."
Jones agreed with Aikman later in the day, calling the weather "inordinate" for the area. He joked that he hadn't seen weather in North Texas like this since "Leon Lett slid into the football," a reference to the Cowboys' snowy Thanksgiving Day loss to the Miami Dolphins in 1993.
The storm caused a giant tent to collapse inside the Cotton Bowl, which was scheduled to hold three Super Bowl-related concerts. The wind also ripped holes in some tents outside Cowboys Stadium.
"I'm glad it was blowing that hard, because I wanted it to blow through. I'm dead serious," Jones said. "I've been out there today and saw the things that were blown and just said, 'Come on baby, keep blowing.' We want this to blow through."
Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.