Concerns About 2014 Super Bowl Location
By Edward Levin
(SPORTSINPUT.com) – While Joe Flacco may have used poor choice of words when asked about the leagues decision for the location of the 2014 Super Bowl, it is difficult to disagree with him. There is no question that it was terrible idea by the league commissioner to schedule the Super Bowl at Metlife Stadium in the New York area during the frigid month of early February. It’s hard to believe that any NFL player would be very excited about the likelihood of playing in a blizzard, similar to the infamous “tuck rule” game in 2002, or more recently the new Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium a month ago.
While football games late in the season have traditionally been played in cold weather in cities such as Chicago, New York, Boston, Cleveland and Green Bay, and have included some of the most famous games ever such as the 1967 Ice Bowl – cold weather games in the conference championship games like the Ice Bowl or other playoff games for that matter have simply been the norm of the NFL.
But scheduling the Super Bowl, the championship game in bitter conditions simply does not make any sense. Football games in snowy conditions typically result in ugly, sloppy low scoring games where tacklers and receivers are sliding all over the field; something that would surely make the experience painful to watch from a fans perspective.
Historically, Super Bowl’s have been played in the fairest conditions possible. Usually played in warm climates such as Miami, New Orleans and Pasadena, the experience is typically great for both players and fans alike. With the weather being usually in the 60-70 degree range, fans are more comfortable watching games from their seats and usually have the benefit of being entertained by a cleaner, high scoring game.
A Super Bowl in the New York area during the month of February would be the complete opposite.
It would be a miracle if the temperature during game time rises above freezing conditions. In fact, it is very realistic that the game time temperature could drop into the single digit range, and given the unpredictable nature of New York weather during winter, the NFL could have a snowstorm on their hands, which is what happened during the last Pinstripe Bowl.
While the Super Bowl will certainly draw a sellout regardless of the games location, the Super Bowl should not under any circumstances be played in an environment that will make fans uncomfortable. For most fans, attending the Super Bowl is a major investment. Aside from the game itself, other expenses such as hotel rooms, food, rental car etc. become costly very rapidly.
From personal experience, being forced to watch a game in freezing conditions is not enjoyable by any stretch, and forcing fans to sit in an a frigid environment for several hours just does not seem fair to loyal fans who are paying good money to attend. Players and fans alike want to enjoy the experience in the fairest conditions possible.
The NFL should at least give them that chance.
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