Super Bowl Sunday could be rescheduled to become Super Bowl Monday or Tuesday. According to the NFL, if weather reports look too bleak, the most watched U.S. sporting event could find itself being moved from its normal day.
The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played on February 2nd at MetLife stadium, home of the New York Giants in East Rutherford, NJ. New Jersey transportation officials feel confident that they will be able to clear the parking lots and roads in preparation for the event if the winter weather is severe.
When the NFL approved Super Bowl XLVIII to be played in the NY/NJ area back in 2010, they immediately began making plans for any problems the weather might pose. This Super Bowl will be the first outdoor cold weather game played by the NFL. The coldest outdoor Super Bowl before this year? All the way back in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The high that day was 43 degrees.
After recent winter storms filled the northeastern United States with snow, impacting football games over the last few weekends, the NFL is taking every precaution to make sure their main event goes on. Rescheduling the event is a last resort that the NFL hopes isn’t necessary.
“Since the moment we were awarded the opportunity to host Super Bowl XLVIII, people have been concerned about the potential impacts of cold weather, and specifically snow, and what (impact) it could have on the game,” NY/NJ Super Bowl host committee president and CEO Al Kelly said. “And I’m here to tell you, the good news is that we’re ready. This region is indeed ready.”
The counter argument about all the downers on a Snow Bowl is that snow makes the game much more exciting. Frank Supovitz, senior vice president of events for the National Football League, said:
“There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of snow during Super Bowl XLVIII. If you’ve ever been to a winter game, it’s the game on the field that makes the difference, not the temperature. I think you’re going to have a stadium full of fans who are just going to have the time of their lives… A little bit of snow during the game will make it all that much more historical, all that much more romantic, all that much more competitive and fun, I think — all that much more visual.”
Every game scheduled to be played at Giants Stadium (open from 1976 to 2009) and MetLife Stadium has been played on time.
If the Super Bowl is rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday, will you still throw a party?