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