In a little more than 10 months, Super Bowl XLVIII will be held in East Rutherford, New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. For as long as there has been football it has been played in cold weather, but this will be the first time in 47 years that the big game will be played outdoors in a region known for freezing temperatures in February. In fact, 39 degrees is the coldest it's ever been at kickoff, and that was 43 years ago at Tulane Stadium (New Orleans) for Super Bowl IV.
We mention this because depending the logistical success of next year's game, the NFL could be more inclined to return to a cold-weather city in the future.
At the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Ariz. this week, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie threw Philadelphia's name into the ring.
"I will (seek a Super Bowl)," he said according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "Yes, I will. If it's a success. New York will help us. …
"Growing up in Boston, I went to more great games in snow conditions," Lurie continued. "Some of the most memorable games I've ever been to were very difficult and wonderful conditions. I would have no fear of it snowing -- as long as there's no public safety issue that day, I think it would be great if it's snowing a bit."
It's a fine point, and one that's been made countless times before. And we've see games played in inclement weather every postseason, from New England to Pittsburgh to New York to Denver. But because the Super Bowl is a worldwide spectacle and a weeklong event that has substantially more moving parts than your garden-variety playoff game, limiting the variables that can derail the experience -- namely, weather (or if this is New Orleans, electricity) -- is a no-brainer.
We love the idea of a Super Bowl played in less-than-ideal conditions, but if New York can't pull it off, it almost certainly won't happen elsewhere anytime soon (news which should make Joe Flacco very happy).