NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One Las Vegas sportsbook already has the New England Patriots favored to win next year’s Super Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J.
If this week is any indication, you can bet on one thing — the big game will be cold. Maybe downright frigid.
Temperatures in the Tri-State area will be well below freezing on Wednesday. Factor in the wind chill, and you have a bitter single-digit deep freeze that will continue into Thursday.
On Twitter, some are already dreading what could be for Super Bowl XLVIII.
“It’s 10 degrees in New York today. Can’t wait to see a 3/4 empty stadium next year for the Super Bowl. #corpexecsdontlikecold,” one user tweeted.
Wrote another: “You think this is cold? Imagine how people will feel at next year’s Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey? That’ll be cold. #stupididea #why?”
MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets, will host the NFL’s first cold-weather Super Bowl in an open-air venue on Feb. 2, 2014.
“For the (NY Super Bowl) record: It has been shorts and sandals weather in Southern California this week. #justsayin,” tweeted Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated.
The idea of a Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium was met with mixed reaction, prompting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to say “this is football, not beach volleyball.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell has left the door open for future outdoor Super Bowls at cold-weather sites, depending on the success of next year’s big game. The host committee’s website has billed Super Bowl XLVIII as a game “so historic it takes two states to host it.”
Giants co-owner John Mara praised his colleagues after the announcement in 2010 “for having the guts to want to make some history.”
“Let’s face it,” he said, “there’s only one New York City.”
The conditions were pleasant at MetLife Stadium on Super Sunday last year: sunny with temperatures around 40 degrees. In 2011, the high reached 46 with sunshine and a moderate wind.
What’s your reaction? Horrible idea by the NFL? Suck it up? Be heard in the comments!