The NFL is working to have a series of contingency plans in case for Super Bowl XLVIII in the event a weather disaster strikes the New York area.
The game, scheduled for Feb. 2 a MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., has captured the imagination of many since it was announced. The league has played multiple Super Bowls in cold weather destinations before but all of those games have been played in domes.
When asked about possible other outdoor cold weather venues for the Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has regularly answered that the league wants to see how this game goes off.
According to Sports Business Journal, the NFL “will have an extensive contingency plan in place to account for bad weather.” We’re not talking about a snowstorm. We’re talking about the kind of weather that could paralyze the metropolitan area, a nor’easter that is capable of shutting down the city.
Possibilities include delaying the game several days and even playing the game a day early on Saturday. All of these scenarios could wreak havoc on fans traveling to the area for the game, factors that will be taken into account.
While some fans will not be interested in sitting in the cold to watch the game, experts say the league is bracing for very high demand for tickets.
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