Super Bowl Date May Change Due To WeatherBy: Lindsay McCane - January 24, 2014
The NFL is currently making contingency plans for the Super Bowl, just in case the weather conditions makes it impossible for the teams to play. While many can’t imagine the Super Bowl being on any other day but Sunday, it looks like there is a very real possibility that it will have to be held on a different day. Super Bowl Saturday anyone?
Currently, the Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, February 2, 2014, with kick off at 6:30 p.m. However, with the intense weather that the East coast has been receiving, the NFL may have no other choice than to move the game to a different day. “Our aim is to play it at 6:30 p.m. [Sunday] and we are going to have every possible resources in place to do that along as conditions are safe,” said Eric Grubman, the NFL’s vice president of business operations. “But if not, we have contingent plans with a lot of options available to us.”
Weather reports show a 30-40 percent chance of rain and/or snow, with temperatures hovering between 20 and 40 degrees. Even though this is not ideal football weather, Grubman says that he is confident that they will be able to continue with the game on its scheduled date. “We don’t have a crystal ball on weather, but we’re confident we’ll be able to have our events,” said Grubman.
On Wednesday, more than 1,000 workers took to Metlife Stadium to begin shoveling snow from the stands and field, in preparation for the game. Thirteen inches of snow was removed from the seating area. “We have people watching and evaluating and grading,” Grubman said. “We’re treating this as if it’s pregame and we have to get the stadium cleared. That cleanup is a complete removal,” Grubman added. “Every seat has snow removed. The concourse has snow removed. All areas of walking, sitting, business, tents — all snow is removed.”
To help fans stay warm, officials will be handing out welcome kits that will include: lip balm, ear muffs, a knit cap, touch sensitive knit gloves , six hand warmers, a cup holder, a Gaiter-dana, a package of Puffs tissues, and a radio that fans can wear around their neck to listen to the game.
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