NFL Reportedly Considering Backup Plan for Cold-Weather Super Bowl
Super Sunday may not be an accurate title for the day of the NFL’s biggest game in 2014.
According to a report by Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusinessDaily.com, the league is exploring every option for contingency plans in the event that inclement weather hits East Rutherford, N.J. on or around the day of Super Bowl XLVIII.
The game will be the first Super Bowl played in an open-air stadium in an area with consistently cold weather in February (h/t ESPN). With the amount of bad winter weather that has hit the East Coast this year, establishing contingency plans is a necessity for the league.
According to Kaplan, the league may explore the possibility of delaying the game several days or playing it on a Saturday should poor weather conditions threaten to make it impossible to play on its traditional day. However, changing the schedule of the event could lead to serious problems for fans and media with travel plans centering on the scheduled day (Feb. 2).
The NFL isn’t concerned about mild snowstorms affecting the Super Bowl, but major storms could completely cripple the logistics of one of the biggest spectator events of the year. NFL vice president of security Jeff Miller was quoted as saying (via Kaplan):
You know it will be a lot cooler, but there will be a lot of people and transportation issues regardless. When you have a lot of moving parts and large crowds, you are moving on transportation systems already overloaded with daily commuters, so you’ve got some issues to deal with.
Inclement weather would only add to the transportation issues, and the NFL is doing its best to make sure that and other issues are under control for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Playing the Super Bowl in an open-air stadium and cold-weather city has been a controversial debate among fans. This will likely be the first of many topics of discussion related to the NFL's biggest event of the year.
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