A Super Bowl date change is imminent if the massive storm which has been forecast actually arrives. The Super Bowl XLVIII is slated for February 2, but the NFL is putting plans in place to bring it forward by about a week.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said:”We are embracing the weather. Football is played in the elements.”
But this year’s Super Bowl, which is due to kick off at 6:25 p.m. ET, was expecting a high of only 40, and a 30 percent chance of rain or snow. A major storm could happen anytime from Friday, Jan. 31 to Monday, Feb. 3 – and that would affect the Super Bowl.
The vice president of operations at the NFL, Eric Grubman, told reporters: “I think that the various events that we have are going off without a hitch and in fact have already begun because staging this stadium is an event in and of itself. We don’t have a crystal ball on weather, but we’re confident we’ll be able to have our events.”
He continued that: “Based on the long-range forecast, all that I would even hazard to guess is that it is probably going to be cold. I doubt we are going to have an unusual warm spell.”
The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday. Grubman confirmed that if that happens on February 2, the Super Bowl date could be changed.
It would mark the first time in history for a Super Bowl date change, but according to most opinions, the likelihood of that happening is small.
The inconvenience caused, not to mention the cost that would be incurred, means that everyone wants to avert changing the Super Bowl date if possible.