6 Feb 2011

Record Super Bowl crowd expected despite the weather

1:46 pm on 6 February 2011

A record crowd is expected for the Super Bowl in Texas on Sunday.

Green Bay are slight favourites to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, many football fans are experiencing problems getting to Dallas because of snow storms in Texas and across the United States.

Dallas was hit by 12cms of snow as football fans descended on the city for the event.

Airlines cancelled more than 700 flights to and from Texas on Friday.

Although warmer temperatures are forecast for Sunday, the BBC reports snow and ice will still be on the ground when Green Bay and Pittsburgh meet under a retractable roof.

The contest marks the first Super Bowl meeting between the Steelers and the Packers, who have nine wins between them.

The two teams last met in December 2009 with the Steelers winning 37-36.

The current attendance record for a Super Bowl match is 103,667 when Washington beat Miami at the Rose Bowl in California in 1983.