Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2011

Brrr! Packers, Steelers move indoors for Super Bowl practice

February 3, 2011

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— In need of an indoor facility worthy of a Super Bowl team, the Green Bay Packers turned to a high school.

Temperatures in the teens, wind and ice forced the Packers to scrap plans of practicing outdoors at SMU on Wednesday and to move to the new, $4.5 million indoor field at nearby Highland Park High School. With more of the same weather expected, Green Bay is likely to remain on the high school campus Thursday and Friday.

“We feel like this will not affect us from a preparation standpoint at all,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said.

Highland Park’s facility opened in August, and is comparable in quality to the one at TCU that the Pittsburgh Steelers moved into Wednesday. Both buildings are NFL-caliber.

Such quality at TCU is one thing. But, a high school?

That’s how it goes in Texas, especially the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There are megamillion prep palaces all around, with a $60 million outdoor stadium going up.

Highland Park is among the wealthiest suburbs in the nation, so the district could afford the pricetag on its facility. A $1 million donation from the booster club helped, too.

“That’s ridiculous,” Packers receiver James Jones said. “We barely had a football field at my high school in California. There’s too much money out here. They need to send some of that extra cash out to California.”

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