Super Bowl Monday? NFL has contingency plans for snow next year

February 12, 2013

The New York/New Jersey Super Bowl is a go, weather be damned. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)

Super Bowl Sunday on a Monday? Or … a Saturday?

The logistics of staging the big game outdoors in a cold-weather venue took on a new urgency when a blizzard struck the New York/New Jersey area less than a week after the confetti had fallen on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Contingency plans, according to the Sports Business Journal, include moving gameday up a day or pushing it back a few days. Of particular concern to the NFL is the possibility of a paralyzing Nor’easter. “We have to look at all the angles: storm arriving day-of-game, storm arriving prior to game, storm arriving after game,” a source told Daniel Kaplan.

The game is scheduled for Feb. 2, and changing the date would cause all sorts of travel headaches for fans, who would be trying to reschedule flights with the possibility that flights could be canceled and the area’s three airports closed down. Moving the game up would be a problem as well because many fans arrive on the day of the game.

“You know it will be a lot cooler, but there will be a lot of people and transportation issues regardless,” Jeff Miller, NFL vice president of security, told SBJ. “When you have a lot of moving parts and large crowds, you are moving on transportation systems already overloaded with daily commuters, so you’ve got some issues to deal with.”

And the NY/NJ host committee has already talked trash to the weather gods, using a logo with a snowflake on its website.

“I think that’s great,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said of the snowflake during a press event in September 2011 (via Pro Football Talk). “A little snow would be great for us. But whatever comes our way, we’re doing to be prepared for it.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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