Some of you might spend thousands of dollars and travel just as many miles to get to the Super Bowl, braving the traffic, crowds and, above all, weather. But hey, at least your lips won't chap during the game.
Larry Brown Sports' Steve DelVecchio rummaged around all the Super Bowl hubbub and spotted a tweet that should have some of you lucky ducks who actually have a ticket to the big game feeling a little warmer already.
Here is what SportsBusiness Journal's Daniel Kaplan tweets that Super Bowl denizens can expect to find when they get to their seats.
Every seat at super bowl will have gloves, hand warmers, ear muffs, lip balms, and facial tissues, to name a few amenities— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) December 18, 2013
Sure, the game might be a blowout, the weather could be freezing and the players on the field might only seem like ants from the cheap seats, but those facial tissues should help clear the icicles from your nostrils.
To be fair, this is actually a pretty cool idea from organizers to give fans at least a modicum of comfort if the North Jersey weather is as bad as some fear.
We couldn't track down an official release from the NFL that these are indeed what all fans will receive as they watch the game from MetLife Stadium.
If fans do get these items, it will go a long way to spread some goodwill among what might be some grumpy denizens. Although, we have to wonder what kind of person would buy tickets, plan months to travel to the game that is being publicized as a Super Bowl of ice and forget his or her gloves?
This is just one more way officials are hoping to battle what might be a freezing day at MetLife. Kaplan continued with the following tweet, assuring that the game will be played. It's just a matter of when:
No surprise.NFL has contingency plans 2 postpone Super Bowl by a few hrs, day, days, even a week,@SupEvents said today after weather presser— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) December 18, 2013
NFL.com reports on Wednesday's press conference wherein Super Bowl organizers explained their mammoth task of staving off the worst scenarios.
As for the field, they have snow-melting machines, including one that can melt 600 tons in an hour. Any snowmen in the vicinity may want to look away.
One transportation expert, Mitchell Moss, explained that the field isn't really the problem, rather the massive stands that surround it. "The question is, they may have to hire mannequins to fill the stadium."
According to the report, officials are as ready as they can be, armed with brine, salt and teams of workers ready to turn a blustery day into one that features an actual game.
At the press conference, New Jersey Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Joseph Mrozek said the state can deploy more than 820 vehicles and about 60,000 tons of salt within a 30-mile radius of the stadium, with even more resources available statewide if necessary.
The state also has more than a quarter of a million gallons of brine and 850,000 gallons of liquid calcium in storage, which are used to treat salt when temperatures drop below freezing.
There is actually a website, www.willitsnow.com, dedicated to telling fans if there will be snow at the Super Bowl.
As of this writing, a quick click on the website features the answer: "No." There is also the comfort that the temperature should rest around 36 degrees. Cold, but hardly the stuff of legend.
Still, there are those who want to prepare you for the fact that Super Bowl Sunday may be moved to become Monday Night Super Bowl.
The New York Daily News' Gary Myers writes, "But if we get a major storm, or the weather people are calling for one, the big game could be played on Saturday, Monday or Tuesday at a time to be determined, the NFL said Wednesday."
The hope is that we get a fantastic game with true but benign winter conditions, giving the game's presentation something refreshing.
Most of us will watch from home, comforted by warmth and the knowledge that there is cheap beer in the fridge. However, you fans huddling together in those expensive seats now have hand warmers, which should solve everything.
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