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Arlington seeks $2.7 million to cover Super Bowl costs

ARLINGTON -- The home of Cowboys Stadium is seeking $2.7 million in reimbursements to cover public safety, ice and snow removal and other costs related to Super Bowl XLV in February, according to documents released Friday.

Nearly $1.3 million went to pay salaries and overtime for police and firefighters to secure the Arlington entertainment district as thousands of football fans made their way to the stadium.

The ice and snow that socked in North Texas that week cost the city another $136,000, which was used for snow plows, ice-melt and other equipment and materials at Arlington Municipal Airport and on streets and sidewalks around Cowboys Stadium.

The city will be reimbursed from the state's Major Events Trust Fund, run by the state comptroller and funded by sales taxes, and by the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee, which promised to cover public safety and transportation expenses related to the game.

The expenses must be approved by the comptroller's office before a reimbursement check is cut. The cities of Dallas and Irving also submitted their reimbursable expenses Friday.

Fort Worth's numbers were not immediately available.

Arlington is also seeking reimbursement for infrastructure improvements around the entertainment district, such as upgraded crosswalks and traffic light signals, that will benefit residents and visitors long after the Feb. 6 game.

The public safety costs, of course, were anticipated. But another large expense -- dealing with the unusual waves of snow and ice complicated by several days of below-freezing temperatures -- was not.

Keith Melton, Arlington's assistant director of public works, said he originally believed that the city had overestimated how much money was needed to deal with its worst-case winter weather scenario.

"We didn't. We spent it all," Melton said Friday.

In addition to snowplows, the city rented four large graders with long blades to scrape ice from concrete roads such as Randol Mill Road, Collins Street, Road to Six Flag Drive and Legends and Cowboys ways, Melton said.

"We had plenty of ice to get off the roadway," he said.

Public Works crews also bought snow shovels and spent hours clearing spaces such as the taxicab staging area and the wide sidewalks used by pedestrians to get to the stadium, he said.

Equipment was also needed to haul away the huge piles of snow.

Even the airport runway had to be cleared for the jets arriving with Super Bowl ticket holders.

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