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Could It Be a Super Bowl Saturday or Monday? — If Weather Bad Enough

Workers Prepare MetLife Stadium For Superbowl XLVIII
(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

It would be the first time in history, but it may happen if Mother Nature makes Giants Stadium unplayable.

For the first time since the early Super Bowl between Pittsburgh and Minnesota in 1974, the big game is being played in potentially-cold weather (near New York City).

The Steelers vs. Vikings game was the “epic” 16-6 defensive struggle that saw the Steel Curtain leading 2-0 at halftime on a safety! That game was played in the old, outdoor Tulane University Stadium in New Orleans. The temperature was 39 degrees, which still stands as the coldest Super Bowl on record. It was unseasonably cold, and that game led to the eventual trend of the NFL championship being held in temperate or warmer-weather cities.

New York and NFL officials have contingency plans in place to prepare for another big storm that is supposed to be heading for the Northeast: the game could be played anywhere from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 (Monday!).

Again, this is a BIG if. But if the massive snowstorm that is forecast to hit New Jersey arrives that weekend, it could result in the first-ever Super Bowl being disrupted by weather. It could render MetLife Stadium virtually unplayable for football.

Northwest Cable News reports the forecast for the game:

The Super Bowl Sunday weather forecast … a 30-percent chance of snow or rain, with a high temperature of 40 degrees and low of 25, and 6-to-12 mph winds.”


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