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Super Bowl date change: Is a Super Bowl date change realistic?

The date of the Super Bowl may change because of weather, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2. But the National Football League (NFL) plans to put contingency plans in place that may shift the date of the game. The Super Bowl could be played any time between Friday and Monday next weekend.

"We are embracing the weather," commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday. "Football is played in the elements."

Super Bowl weather forecast

But the date change may not be realistic considering that there is not a big chance of snow or below normal temperatures. The forecast for Super Bowl Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. is for a high of 40 degrees F. There is only a 30 percent chance of snow.

A major snow storm or “severe temperatures” could mean the Super Bowl could be played in the date range of Friday, Jan. 31 to Monday, Feb. 3.

The NFL officials hopes fans embrace will be OK with the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in league history.

Cold weather gear provided

Super Bowl fans will receive free ear muffs, hat, lip balm, mittens, cup holder, scarf, tissues, a radio to listen to the game, hand warmers, a seat cushion and a waist-wrap, quarterback-style hand pocket.

Stadium crews got a good drill for the Super Bowl on Wednesday, MetLife Stadium workers removed 13 inches of snow from the bowl seating area.

"I think that the various events that we have are going off without a hitch and in fact have already begun because staging this stadium is an event in and of itself," NFL vice president of operations Eric Grubman said. "We don't have a crystal ball on weather, but we're confident we'll be able to have our events."

A total of 80,000 fans are expected to attend the Super Bowl, date change or no.