Will cold weather and snow force a Super Bowl 2014 date change? NFL fans who are headed to watch the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on February 2 may have to be flexible with their travel plans in the event of a snow storm or frigid temperatures.
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled for for Sunday, Feb. 2, with a kickoff time of 6:25 p.m. This will be the first time a Super Bowl has been scheduled to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment.
If it's extremely cold or there is a massive snowstorm, the NFL has contingency plans in place for an alternate game date.
When will Super Bowl XLVIII be played if the weather doesn't cooperate? NFL vice president of operations Eric Grubman stated at a press conference earlier this week that the league is "confident we'll be able to have our events" but they don't have "a crystal ball on weather."
The alternate date for the big game would be between Friday, January 31 and Monday, February 3, 2014. However, it would take a big storm or sub-zero temperatures to force a Super Bowl date change.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that the league is "embracing the weather" because "football is played in the elements."
Forecasts in the Northeast can change quickly, so it's impossible to pinpoint exactly what's in store weather-wise 9 days from today. Instead, it's just good planning on the NFL's part to have alternate dates ready in case the weather makes a turn for the worse. Or worse than it has been.
This week, temps have been in the single digits at night and in the teens during the day. MetLife Stadium workers removed 13 inches of snow from the stadium on Wednesday after a storm after a storm forced New Jersey governor Chris Christie to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday.
Weather.com states that rain or snow is likely Super Bowl weekend. Of course, weather in the Northeast is always subject to change.
"The potential exists for at least a light East Coast precipitation event sometime Super Bowl weekend. This does not appear to be a major storm at this time, but given we're about a week away, this outlook may change. It also appears it may be less cold by Super Bowl weekend, compared to earlier in the week. If the cold air retreats sufficiently, it's not out of the question some of this precipitation may fall as rain, instead of snow."
This year, the NFL will give fans some cold weather freebies when they arrive at MetLife Stadium to help them brave the elements on game day. Ticket holders will get free ear muffs, tissues, hand warmers and a scarf, along with some other Super Bowl XLVIII goodies.
If you're headed to the game, make sure you're dressed in layers because even if the game goes on as scheduled on February 2. Rain, snow or sunshine, it is going to be very cold.