The biggest game in the United States will finally be performed on the United State's biggest stage. The world's biggest stage for that matter. The NFL decided Tuesday to play the 2014 SuperBowl in the New Meadowland's Stadium. The big debate is over whether or not a game of this magnitude should be played in a cold weather climate, potentially creating an unfair environment. We've discussed this here as well. But it's all said and done now.
Of course the fun prediction now is that it will be a NYJ vs. NYG SuperBowl in NY. While that would be fun, if we are predicting SuperBowls 5 years away, then I'd definitely say the NFC representation could only be the Panthers. I'm not sure how that would fit our team. We are somewhat a warm weather team, but come November it begins getting pretty cold at night. Of course it doesn't get anywhere as near as cold as NY has the potential to be in February. But then again with our run focused offense, I'd tend to think we'd have some what of an advantage over many teams, especially those that are pass-centric or in warmer cities.
Another idea I also hear being thrown around is to have a Final 4 in some of these cities that cannot get, or have had trouble being selected for the SuperBowl. Meaning both Conference Championships would also be played in neutral locations. Unfortunately, there are too many newer and larger stadiums for Charlotte to even be considered for this.
The official tag line of the New York/New Jersey bid was "Make Some History," and it did. It will be the first open-air stadium in a cold-weather region to host a Super Bowl. In their presentation to the membership, the Jets and Giants reps showed a video that included clips from historic cold-weather games, including Adam Vinatieri's forever field goal for the Patriots in the 2001 divisional playoffs in Foxborough, Mass. -- aka "The Snow Bowl" and "The Tuck Rule Game."
"An old-school matchup in a new-school stadium," the voice-over says.
There could be a record-low temperature at kickoff. The current record is 39 degrees in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, and that would be considered a warm February day in East Rutherford, N.J.
There's never been snow in a Super Bowl game and that could happen, too.
AccuWeather.com, projecting a Feb. 2 game day for the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city, has researched New York-area data for that date for the last 44 years. The website says conditions "can vary tremendously, from warm weather to blizzards with extreme cold."
Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said the normal game time conditions would see a temperature in the 30s at kickoff with winds 10-20 mph, but it will be unlikely for the actual conditions to match the normal.