Ready for a Cold Weather Super Bowl?
Read up about how MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is getting ready for this year’s Super Bowl. Every few years, the NFL skips the balmy climates of places like Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and San Diego to hold a Super Bowl somewhere potentially chilly.
This game, however, is the first Super Bowl in a cold winter climate and an outdoor stadium.* Indianapolis, Detroit and Minneapolis have all hosted, but their stadiums are all climate-controlled domes. MetLife is a great big outdoor stadium, subject to all the February nastiness Mother Nature can dish out.
Chances are it won’t be that bad. Probably pretty chilly, and maybe some snow, but nothing that can’t be dealt with. Then again, it could go the other way.
Will it matter? No expense will be spared to prepare, of course, and the game is sold out like no other event anywhere at any time and at absurd prices. TV ratings won’t suffer because a little snow would just give the broadcast a little bit of an exotic feel compared to normal.
The atmosphere at the game may change. Putting up with a one-hour halftime show has a different feel when you’re freezing than when you’re basking in the Florida sun.
My verdict is that as an occasional change of pace, a cold weather, outdoor Super Bowl will break up the sameness of our expectations of what Super Bowls look like and be positive. But like any change of pace, it could easily be overdone, and no one will be too sad to be heading back to Arizona, Texas and California, which is where the games will be in the next few years.
* In 2011, AT&T Stadium (then called Cowboys Stadium) in Dallas hosted a Super Bowl, and though we typically think of Dallas as a warm weather climate, the weather for that game was pretty awful and cold.
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