By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In 2014, The Super Bowl will be played outdoors, in a “cold weather” city for the first time, as the game will be played at Metlife Stadium in northern New Jersey, home to the Jets and Giants.
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco already voiced his displeasure about the location of next year’s game, saying, “I think it’s stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one. Other than I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.”
Reportedly, the NFL has a plan if there happens to be an extra blast of Winter on February 2nd, 2014; play the game on February 1st, or several days after the 2nd.
The league is considering various options that include the possibility of delaying the contest several days in the event of a weather emergency on game day. The league even could decide to play the game on Saturday if faced with an ominous forecast, sources said.
The Phillies had their share of weather related delays during the 2008 World Series, but a series of games and the Super Bowl are very different situations. The massive production of the Super Bowl itself, as well as the thousands of fans and press who travel to the game, would no doubt be very affected by a date change of the game.
It did snow in Dallas just days before Super Bowl XLV, but weather was not an issue on the day of the game.