Friday, May 28, 2010

Super Bowl 2014: One Year Exception or Start of a new Trend?

In case you missed it with all that has been happening, the NFL announced earlier this week that the site of the 2014 Super Bowl will be in New York/New Jersey. The decision to have the new $1.6 billion Meadowland Stadium will be the first cold weather outdoor stadium to host the Super Bowl. According to a cbssportsline.com article, the coldest kickoff temperature for a Super Bowl is 39 degrees while the average temperature in East Rutherford in February is 24 to 40 degrees. Then again snow is always an option too.

I like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's response, on the NFL Network, to the news of getting the Super Bowl, "People talk about the weather, but, you know, this is football, not beach volleyball." Mayor Bloomberg does have a point as every other game during the playoffs is played in the elements of the host city and not moved to warm weather sites. Now, will the weather prevent the best team from winning? Does this open the door for places like Pittsburgh, Green Bay or New England to host future Super Bowls?