Snow Kidding: Super Bowl XLVIII Date Could Move in the Event of Extreme Weather

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Super Bowl XLVIII Date ChangeFox might want to ready a batch of classic Simpsons repeats, because the NFL itself has a back-up plan in case extreme weather sacks Super Bowl XLVIII, which is to be held Sunday, Feb. 2 at the open-air Metlife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands.

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At a Wednesday press conference, NFL head of events Frank Supovitz confirmed that there are “contingency plans in place” — as there are every year, he noted — to reschedule the Super Bowl, for Saturday, Feb. 1, Monday, Feb. 3, or a later date, if harsh weather necessitates.

That said, it will take epic amounts of the white stuff to trigger any such Plan B. In fact, Supovitz is game for more than a few flurries. “I think watching NFL football in the snow is really romantic,” he said. “It’s great, it’s exciting, and if you’ve ever done it, you know that. … I think it would be better if it snowed a little bit during the game. I think it’ll just make it more memorable.”

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When Super Bowl XLVIII was booked for MetLife Stadium, there was much hand-wringing about it being a rare instance where the NFL championship would be held in an uncovered arena on the weather-prone East Coast. But to fend off any flakes, MetLife Stadium — which just recently cleared more than six inches of snow prior to a Giants game — is doubling its snow removal staff (to 1,000) and enlisting the service of a snow melter truck/Goliath capable of handling 1.2 billion pounds of snow per hour.

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Comments (16)

  • A Super Bowl in the snow would be awesome…that’s real football…play in ANY kind of weather!

    Comment by A.D. – December 18, 2013 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NO WONDER THERE’S GLOBAL WARMING. Who came up with that machine? SIMON BARSINISTER????

    Comment by davlestev1 – December 18, 2013 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t believe 1.2 BILLION Pounds of snow PER HOUR is a correct number.
    Something seems wrong. Any link to data that supports this?

    Comment by Alienate – December 18, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • photo/1

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 18, 2013 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thanks, Matt, but according to a poster, the 600,000 tons was a typo, and the real number is 600 Tons.

        Comment by Alienate – December 19, 2013 08:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Noted. Hopefully none of our readers ran out and bought one last night based on the erroneous data.

          Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 19, 2013 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It cracks me up that the “Ice Bowl” is considered one of the seminal games in NFL history and, yet, the mere thought of snow for the SB strikes terror in the public. Does anyone remember the Patriots/Raiders playoff game in the snow? Why is that everybody loves snow football during regular season and playoffs, but not for the SB? Perhaps, it’s because those attending the game aren’t fans of the teams playing, but mere “perks” from clients, etc.

    Comment by ChicagoDan – December 18, 2013 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My opinion is the “best of the best” should be capable of performing regardless of climate, time, location, etc… This is the pinnacle ALL TEAMS continue to strive for, year in…year out. The sport of American Football is played throughout the States in all weather conditions(obviously excluding lightning) and in many different climates from young kids in USA/PEE-WEE FOOTBALL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, and many different levels of SEMI PRO. It is a GAME intended to be played outdoors. It is a PHYSICAL GAME, not for the faint of heart. It IS A PART OF AMERICAN CULTURE AND SHOULD BE PLAYED ANYWHERE, ANY TIME, ANY PLACE…LET IT SNOW…LET IT SNOW…LET IT SNOW!!!!!!! Sounds like “GOLIATH” will have it all under control. Happy Holidays Football Friends & GO HORSE

    Comment by Gregory – December 18, 2013 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does no one remember the game two weeks ago in the snow?

    Comment by Midori4 – December 18, 2013 11:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The CFL has played many Grey Cups in the snow and it’s made for many memorable games and breath taking shots for fans and TV viewers.

    Comment by tlbrownlie – December 19, 2013 03:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is retarded. Moving the Superbowl to another day would be INSULTING and they say this matter of factly.
    People are expected to have to drop all their plans for the superbowl and move it to another day because the NFL wanted it to be in New York? I mean a Monday Night Superbowl game would be awful! I would miss the all the pre celebrations and have to rush home from work just to make it in time for the second quarter! not how a superbowl party should be done!

    The point of a Superbowl is to have two teams on even playing grounds. If the game is The Saint’s vs the Seahawks you are giving a clear advantage to one team over another.
    The superbowl is selected by a committee and they should keep that in mind. Games that occur in the snow are unavoidable but Superbowl games in the snow are 100% avoidable.

    If nothing else people should be pissed off because the only reason the game is new york is because powerful people want it in New York, Read this article I love the New York but their arrogance kills me,

    I for one hope there is a huge 5 foot Blizzard that shuts the city down, and we get an apology from the NFL for trying to shoehorn the superbowl into New York and we move on back to warmer climates and indoor stadiums.

    Comment by Kevin – December 19, 2013 06:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The game could never be the Saints (no apostrophe “s” is needed either) vs. Seahawks as both teams are in the NFC. Also, there is really nothing “retarded” about it. Don’t worry you’ll be able to see all the new commercials because this game will be played on the scheduled Sunday.

      Comment by dontquoteme – December 19, 2013 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Superbowl isn’t playing in New York. It’s playing in New Jersey.

      Comment by RP – January 24, 2014 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by BrianR – December 19, 2013 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Ravens vs Vikings game two weeks ago was played in the snow and it was FANTASTIC !
    The Superbowl Teams are supposed to be the Best players this year they should be able to handle a decent amount of snow.
    I think some snow might make the game exciting.

    Comment by IMHO – December 19, 2013 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dome stadium games in winter weather cities can still be affected by a blizzard….you have to be able to GET to the game…..this isn’t unique to the outdoor setting in New Jersey.

    Comment by DBW – December 19, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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