Sometime this afternoon, according to reports, it will be announced that the New Meadowlands Stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey will we rewarded the pleasure of hosting the Super Bowl in 2014.
This has sparked the debate of whether or not a Super Bowl should be played outdoors in a cold weather state like New Jersey.
The NFL has a current policy in place that requires every Super Bowl to be in at least a 50 degree atmosphere or be indoors, but this policy will obviously be put to the test and maybe even altered for Super Bowl XLVIII.
New Jersey’s average temperature in the month of February is a low of 25 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 44 degrees. Add to that the possibility of snowfall and a bad weather Super Bowl might be just years away.
So why do some immediately write this idea off? It seems that the most common argument is that the Super Bowl decides the champion of the NFL season and some believe that the best way to decide whom the better team is, is to keep out any weather factors that alter the game and skills of these teams.
But does that really make sense? A team could play snow games for the two or three conference playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl, but once the big game comes along it shouldn’t be allowed? Where is the logic in that?
There obviously is a heavy corporate factor involved for the Super Bowl and the media and league prefer ideal vacation weather for maximum profits and comfort, but the game itself is still the most important issue at hand.
No matter the weather, it is the Super Bowl and it will still always sell out. For the bunches of people that won’t come because of weather, there will be groups waiting to take their place in a split second.
Regardless, football is made to be played in the various climate conditions. When it rains in the nice weather states on Super Bowl Sunday the game isn’t postponed or delayed to wait for the ideal conditions.
Whether it is warm or cold, or snowing or sunny, football goes on. The only environmental condition that may put a damper on a Super Bowl in New Jersey is the element of the Meadowlands’ winds.
It is only fair that teams that call cold weather states home get the same advantage in the Super Bowl that teams from states like California, Florida, and Arizona get year after year.
Cold weather states should be permanently added to the Super Bowl host rotation and claim the right to host the deciding game for two out of every five years.
It may feel unorthodox at first, but in the end this decision is sure to add even more mystique, entertainment, and history to the future of America’s biggest sporting event, the Super Bowl.