Despite purposefully deciding to set the Super Bowl in the northeast in the middle of winter, the NFL has announced that in the case of extreme weather, the biggest sporting event of the year could be delayed a day, or even pushed up 24 hours.
Since Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey was announced as the venue, fans and pundits have discussed and debated the value of placing such an important championship in an area with potentially inclement weather; traditionally the Super Bowl is held in dome stadiums or in locations with warm weather come winter time.
On Wednesday, NFL head of events Frank Supovitz (not to be confused with ‘The X-Files’ producer Frank Spotnitz), spoke of contingency plans at a press conference, but admitted that it would take a considerable amount of snow to change the day of the game. Should a storm ensue, the game could take place on the Saturday before, or the Monday after. An unprecedented number of workers are on hand though, as well as a massive snow melting machine, if a blizzard approaches.
Supovitz, like most fans, agreed that some flurries and snow make for an exciting game to watch. In fact, one of the most entertaining games of year took place a few weeks ago not far from the site of the forthcoming Super Bowl. Snow pounded Philadelphia as the Eagles hosted the Lions, and while the first half saw players slip, slide, and fumble, struggling to score and refusing to attempt kicks, the snowfall abated in the second half, giving way to a barrage of touchdowns and memorable finish.
As fans know, however, playing in a dome is no guarantee of smooth-sailing. At the Superdome in New Orleans last year, the Super Bowl was delayed 34 minutes due to a power outage. That spectacle between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers became the third-most watched television event in American history, with 108.41 million people tuning in.
The 2012 and 2011 Super Bowl bested that event, so, whenever the game is played, FOX will still be sitting pretty.
Super Bowl XLVIII is set for Sunday, Feb. 2 on FOX, with a 6:25 p.m. EST kickoff, and will probably feature the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. Right?