The NFL has been working on contingency plans for the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl since it was announced that MetLife Stadium would be the site of Super Bowl XLVIII. On Wednesday, the league put on a presentation in which it tried to assuage the fears of those who anticipate a snowed-in version of America's most-watched sporting event.
"There's so many questions about the weather," Super Bowl host committee Al Kelly said, via ESPN's Jane McManus. "We want to make sure that the national audience certainly knows this region has tremendous assets and resources and knows how to get this done.
"It's nothing more than reassuring people that, despite the fact that the world's greatest is going to be here, we still know how to clear snow. We keep the markets open every day and the schools open most days, and we'll do a good job Super Bowl week as well."
MetLife CEO Brad Mayne said that his crews cleared 6.3 inches of the snow that fell last weekend in time for the 1 p.m. ET kickoff of a game between the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants, and that the NFL will have the best possible equipment at its disposal.
Still, if the area is hit with a worst-case scenario storm at the worst possible time, the idea of moving the game to a different day has also been floated. NFL senior vice president of events Frank Supovitz said that the game could be moved to Saturday or Monday night, but that those alternate plans exist for every Super Bowl.
"I think watching NFL football in the snow is really romantic," Supovitz said. "It's great, it's exciting, and if you've ever done it, you know that. It's also a rite of passage for you as a fan to have done it at least once. And this is a Super Bowl, right? So I think it's going to be amazing. I think it would be better if it snowed a little bit during the game. I think it'll just make it more memorable." Well, a "Snowmageddon" would be memorable either way -- the NFL just has to hope that the memories are positive ones.