As if things haven’t changed enough due to the climate in recent years, more bad news is here for football fans. There is already speculation that the Super Bowl, one of television’s most anticipated events, may have to be moved due to the weather.
It might seem silly to think about delaying the event already, but the Super Bowl snow predictions are already looking unfavorable for players and fans who would be attending the game.
With this news, it might be time for every NFL stadium to have a covered dome, preventing this kind of thing from happening in the future.
The game will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and previously this was not possible, but in 2010, the league waived requirements for a minimum temperature of 50 degrees, or a roof on the stadium, enabling New Jersey to host the game.
Officials are now reporting that, if necessary, the Super Bowl may even have to be moved to a different date due to the harsh conditions that are being predicted.
For the first time, the NFL is holding the Super Bowl in outdoors in a cold weather state, meaning fans could see the first ever Super Bowl played in the snow. However, the game could be moved to another day if the conditions get too bad to play in.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. #SuperBowl
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) December 19, 2013
I love watching football in the snow. I have no problem with where they are playing the Super Bowl.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) December 15, 2013
Frank Supovitz, who is the NFL Special Events Vice President, discussed the potential Super Bowl snow situation when saying “It is our objective to kick off the ball at 6:30 on Feb. 2nd. But, if it’s necessary due to matters of public safety or there are impracticalities, then rescheduling scenarios have to be considered.”
If the 2014 Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction is correct, then fans could be looking at weather forecast for the Super Bowl that includes an “intense storm, heavy rain, snow, and strong winds.” This could seriously impact Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, as the Almanac also mentions, taking into account where the game is being played.
Already this season, the NFL has been host to some wild games with some games being delayed, and others playing through harsh snowy conditions. The Lions and Eagles played through a brutal snowstorm in Philadelphia in recent weeks, and teams in the Northeast have proved that playing in the snow can be done, although it is not easy.
If the weather prediction of the Super Bowl snow is correct, then fans might see a game that looks something like this.
With the Super Bowl being hosted in a cold weather state for the first time outdoors, things could get ugly. Should the game be played as scheduled with as much snow as there is predicted?
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