MetLife Stadium—the controversial site of Super Bowl XLVIII.
New York/New Jersey, people will come, NY/NJ. They'll come for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your roads not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only thousands of dollars per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it, for it is money they have and peace they lack.
And they'll walk out to their seats, bundled in their warmest clothes. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the sidelines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come, NY/NJ.
The one constant through all the years, NY/NJ, has been football. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But football has marked the time. This field, this game; it's a part of our past, NY/NJ. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh, people will come, NY/NJ. People will most definitely come.
After channeling their inner James Earl Jones' Field of Dreams character Terence Mann, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Super Bowl XLVIII hosts New York Giants co-owner John Mara and Jets owner Woody Johnson aren't scared of potential bone-chilling temperatures at this time next year.
We made this decision (to play the game here), obviously not knowing what the weather would be, but football is made to be played in the elements, Goodell said Thursday during a news conference at City Hall, adding that temperatures are forecast to be about 50 degrees next week.
We're gonna celebrate the game here. We're gonna celebrate the weather here. We're gonna make it a great experience, he said.
If it's up to appointed CEO of Super Bowl XLVIII Al Kelly, he would like to see some "white stuff" in the air when they kick off.
"I for one hope there is a little white stuff in the air in February 2014 and a relatively chilly temperature," Kelly said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "That's what football in the northeast in February should look like and feel like."
While owners Mara and Johnson are confident that the metropolitan area is the best-equipped city to host a Super Bowl no matter what the elements are, they have different forecast hopes for this time next year.
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"Woody and I have a little difference of opinion on that," Mara said good-naturedly, at a press conference today announcing some of the plans for next year’s event. "I’d love to see 50 degrees and mild; he’d like to see a little snow."
The outdoor Super Bowl slated for Feb. 2, 2014 is already a topic of heated opinions, as Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco told Mike Klis of The Denver Post that next year's cold-weather venue is "retarded."
“Yeah, I think it’s retarded,” Flacco said at his Super Bowl press gathering Monday. “I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one. Other than that I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.”
First, Flacco should learn how to articulate himself to avoid sounding asinine, and second, fans will flock to the greatest city in the world to watch a Super Bowl played the way it was meant to be—in the elements—even if they don't know it yet.
Goodell didn't just grant Mara and Johnson the first cold-weather Super Bowl on a whim, he knows that they will make it the best first-time experience that any city could.
Understand that you have to take this with a grain of salt, a big grain, mind you, but Bill Price of The Daily News has reported what Farmer's Almanac is predicting for Super Bowl XLVIII.
According to the new Farmer’s Almanac, which will be printed soon, the weather on Feb. 2, 2014 — the same day Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled to be played at MetLife Stadium — will feature “an intense storm, heavy rain, snow and strong winds.”
Tickets for Super Bowls notoriously cost thousands a seat, so what's a couple hundred more to spend on clothes to keep you warm?
Nothing to be scared of.
Regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for next year's Super Bowl, only a portion of people will be able to say "I was at that game," and that will trump any forecast.