An updated Super Bowl weather forecast has been released this week, and while it looks like Super Bowl Sunday will fortunately be able to stay on its expected game day this 2014, some people have argued why a warmer climate wasn’t chosen to host the celebrated football event in the first place. Via The Weather Channel this Monday afternoon, the daytime high on Feb. 2 is set for a chilly but certainly acceptable high of 38 degrees, with only a 10 percent chance of precipitation at night. The Bleacher Report provides the details on this important factor that may in fact impact the event’s overall outcome this Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
The updated Super Bowl weather forecast has given many football fans hope that a clear and enjoyable game day may be in store this Feb. 2, yet with this wild winter season still very present, a powerful snowstorm or extremely cold temperatures could throw a foul into established plans. The forecast has continued to fluctuate the past several days in the hotly anticipated game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
It is this potential for bitterly frigid weather that has thousands of football fans preparing to attend the East Rutherford, N.J. venue now waiting for what temperature and conditions the Sunday game day will actually bring. Of course, some have understandably shared some polarizing opinions about having the 2014 Super Bowl at the MetLife Stadium at all for the major NFL event. Arguments have been given on both sides, with doubters saying that a warmer climate would solve these issues immediately:
“Legendary head coach and former Super Bowl champion Don Shula recently opened up on being quite confused as to why East Rutherford was chosen as the Super Bowl location site (via ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor)":
“Why? That was pretty much my reaction. I certainly believe that when you get to a game of that magnitude, you want to play it in conditions where weather won't be or might not be something that affects the outcome. So that's why I think Miami, New Orleans, San Diego, all those warm-weather cities are the best cities for a game of that magnitude.”
As of this Monday afternoon, the Super Bowl weather forecast for this upcoming Sunday seems very favorable, at least. The Weather Channel notes that the daytime temperature high sits at 38 degrees, while the nighttime low is at a colder 24 degrees. There is only a 10 percent chance of precipitation at night as well.
Yet as stated by Albert Breer of the NFL Network this weekend, this early weather anticipation, fear, and discussion may have a big influence on where future Super Bowls are going to be played:
“How this saga plays out and how Mother Nature impacts the quality of what should be an epic matchup will go a long way in determining whether or not the league will come back to cold-weather outdoor venues in future Super Bowls.”
There were also early reports of a potential Super Bowl 2014 game change to either this Friday, Saturday, or Monday in the first weekend of February should a snowstorm or extreme cold temperatures pose too great a risk.