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XLV Party Tent Collapses at Fair Park

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011  |  Updated 7:41 PM CDT
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The XLV Party will go on as planned even after a tent collapsed due to snow and ice Tuesday.

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A large tent at the Cotton Bowl has collapsed following a winter storm that dumped rain, sleet and snow across North Texas.

The tent was set up on the field at the Cotton Bowl and was going to be used for several events starting Friday in advance of Super Bowl XLV.

"If it was going to happen one day, this was probably a good day," said Tony Fay, of the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee. "It's a little quiet today. It starts to pick up steam as the week goes on."

With snow piling up on top of the tent, crews were preparing to take the tent down when Mother Nature stepped in and knocked the house down. The climate-controlled tent, which can hold up to 8,000 people, succumbed to the weight of snow and ice on the roof and fell to Earth before it could be brought down by man.

The XLV Party at the Cotton Bowl's promoter, Ariana Hajibashi, said the tent will be put back up Wednesday. The event will start on time, and as re-planned, on Friday, she said.

Four NFL events were postponed Tuesday because of the weather, but the show went on for others. Fay said the weather didn't affect many events, such as Media Day, which was held at Cowboys Stadium as scheduled.

"If there was a massive snowfall or if there was a really debilitating ice storm that were to hit, we had extra snow plows and extra sanding equipment at our disposal," he said.

The XLV Party was originally to start Thursday with a concert featuring the Village People. That concert was canceled when not enough tickets were sold for the 70s-era disco group.

On Friday, Passion Pit is still scheduled to play, as is Duran Duran's Roger Taylor with Jake Fonique.  The lineup is filled out by the Space Rockers and Lance Herbstrong. 

On Saturday, Rhymin' N Stealin' will take the stage along with DJ Pullano, DJ Martinson, Exit 380 and Chiddy Bang.

For tickets, visit XLVParty.com.

NBC DFW's Susy Solis contributed to this report.

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