On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, NFL owners decided which location would be host to the 2014 NFL Super Bowl. The Fourth Stadium on the ballot was Meadowlands Stadium, which on Tuesday received the necessary 17 votes to become the location of Super Bowl XLVIII.
The $1.6 billion beauty will open its doors for football in August of this year with the Giants playing the Jets. Earlier this year, a coin toss decided who would be the home team for the first pre-season game and who would be the home team for the first regular season game.
Prior to this decision, the National Football League had a 50 degree rule which did not permit the Super Bowl to be in a location where the weather will be below 50 degrees. The league claims that this will be a one time exception to the 50 degree rule.
In the last decade, the venue for the Super Bowl has repeated in two locations. Both Miami and Tampa hosted Super Bowls within ten years of each other (within four years in Miami).
Although the National Football League has done a good job at spreading the locations out in the last decade (which ranged from as far north as Detroit to as far south as Miami) the weather has always been the same.
While consistency is a good trait, football was made to play in all weather conditions. That is why there are teams in places like Massachusetts and Green Bay because no matter the weather, it is all part of the game.
It seemed that almost everybody was excited for the decision made by the NFL. After the announcement, New York Jets corner-back Darrelle Revis said,
"Nobody wants to play in the cold. But New York City, there's something special about this city, man."
Revis continued about how great the city is while New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said,
"The biggest game and the biggest market? We should've done this years ago." (credit to philly.com for quotes).
Giants co-owner John Mara spoke of the progress of football and how they no longer have to give away massive amounts of tickets for games at the Polo Grounds just to fill the seats.
This time the handouts will be a little different; instead of tickets it will hand-warmers and seat-warmers to keep the fans warm (if the stadium was filled to capacity during the game, 82, 500 fans would be supplied).
The Meadowland has always prepared for the worst. In East Rutherford, the record low temperature at one time dropped all the way to -2 degrees but at one time rose to a record 58 degrees with an average being around 37 degrees.
And just in case of the dreaded snow, there will hundreds on hand to shovel away any snow and make the game as pleasurable as possible.
The NFL is projecting that the game will generate about $550 million dollars for the economy in the New York/New Jersey area. Talk about a stimulus package.
From all aspects the choice by NFL owners was a good one. It will benefit the people in the New York/New Jersey area. It will be a once in a lifetime experience to go to a Super Bowl in frigid temperatures.
By the time Super Bowl 48 comes around, the new Meadowlands Stadium will only be about 4 years old with amazing benefits. An added bonus would be if Woody Johnson's (Jets Owner) wish of a Jets/Giants Super Bowl Occurs.