NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With the countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium under way, many are questioning how the big game will hold up in the cold weather of New Jersey and its surrounding area.
What happens if there is a blizzard, as there was in the Tri-State Area this past weekend? Freezing weather — albeit not optimal — can be dealt with. But massive amounts of snow? That could pose serious problems for Super Bowl week.
But not to worry, football fans — and Tri-Staters. The NFL reportedly is developing contingency plans in the event that a blizzard does strike the region.
“The league is considering various options that include the possibility of delaying the contest several days in the event of a weather emergency on game day,” the Sports Business Journal reported. “The league even could decide to play the game on Saturday if faced with an ominous forecast, sources said.”
Super Bowl Sunday on a Saturday? Believe it.
Lots of snow means tunnel closures and bridge closures, not to mention mass transportation delays. The league always prepares for such issues ahead of the Super Bowl, but it will be taken to a whole new level ahead of XLVIII.
“While contingency plans are in place for all events of this magnitude, the New York/New Jersey setting offers new challenges for the NFL,” the Sports Business Journal wrote. “It is not a typical snowstorm that concerns the league, but rather a weather crisis like a nor’easter, something that is capable of shutting down the city.”
Jets owner Woody Johnson, a member of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, isn’t too worried about the Super Bowl being played in difficult conditions.
In fact, he’s hoping it gets a little rough out there.
“I like doing things for the first time,” Johnson said, according to the Associated Press. “I hope it snows.”
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled for February 2, 2014.
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