When it was announced one year ago that WrestleMania XXIX would take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., many fans were taken by surprise. An open-air WrestleMania is certainly nothing new, but they have always taken place in warm climates.
Weather tends to be spotty in the Northeast in early spring, so the WWE could have some issues to contend with.
There is no question that the WWE made a good decision in terms of creating buzz, as it can boast that it hosted the biggest event in MetLife Stadium's history until the Super Bowl is held there next year. With that said, heavy precipitation could definitely put a damper on the festivities.
Rain is quite common in early April and it isn't unheard of for snow flurries to persist as well. The WWE took a leap of faith, though, and it will have to live with the elements—whatever they may be.
It's very difficult to get accurate weather reports a month in advance of the event, but there are a couple of sources that suggest things may not be too bad.
According to Weather.com, the average high temperature in East Rutherford on April 7, which is when WrestleMania will take place, will be 59 degrees. I'm not sure how many people would consider that to be warm, but as someone who lives in Buffalo, N.Y., I consider that to be t-shirt-and-shorts weather.
The downside is that the average low is 37 degrees, and since WrestleMania takes place largely after the sun goes down, the temperature is more likely to be somewhere around the latter number.
It's far from ideal, but people go to sporting events all the time in far more brutal conditions. As long as everyone dresses appropriately, there shouldn't be an issue as far as the fans are concerned.
The real problem lies with the performers. Many of them wrestle shirtless and most of them wear nothing more than skimpy trunks and boots. If the temperature is in the 37-degree range, then the wrestlers will have no choice other than to push through it.
I suppose the WWE could place some heaters around the ring in order to warm things up to some degree, but I'm not sure how much that would help. Precipitation is also a big concern. It probably wouldn't be a huge deal for the performers, as the WWE will surely place a canopy over the ring. It could lead to colder temperatures, though, and it could also make things unpleasant for the fans.
It's nearly impossible to predict if there will be precipitation on April 7, as the weather patterns still have to play out. According to the 2013 Farmer's Almanac, however, temperatures are expected to be slightly above normal and conditions figure to be sunny and pleasant.
I'm no meteorologist, so I have no idea how accurate the almanac is, but that sounds promising at the very least.
With that said, I'm not so sure that precipitation would be such a bad thing. The fans would have to brave the conditions, but the performers would be largely unaffected by it. Also, it would provide a unique and interesting atmosphere that we've never really seen before. That would be especially true if it snows. It appears as though the odds of that happening aren't very high, but it would be cool nonetheless.
Ultimately, there's really no point in worrying about the weather because the WWE is going to put on a fantastic show regardless. Aside from lightning, weather never stops an NFL game and Vince McMahon simply won't allow it to adversely affect WrestleMania either.
When push comes to shove, the positives related to holding WrestleMania in the New York-New Jersey area far outweigh the negatives.
McMahon was well aware that weather could play a role, but he decided to go through with it anyway. There has been a lot of talk about the first cold-weather Super Bowl in NFL history, but Vince has usurped some headlines with the first cold-weather WrestleMania. McMahon is all about publicity, so I'm sure he loves that people are talking about this.
With WrestleMania just one month away, the early indications suggest that the weather should be in line with what we typically see in New Jersey in April. Things will get a bit clearer in the coming weeks, but I can't imagine that there are any factors that could possibly ruin WrestleMania.