In 44 Super Bowls, there has never been snow. In fact, the coldest temperature during a game was 39 degrees, which came in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
That could all change in February, 2014, as the league announced on Tuesday that its 32 owners awarded Super Bowl XLVIII to the New York/New Jersey region.
The contest will be held at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. — the first time the big game has been held in an open-air stadium in a cold-weather region.
“I’m good with that,” John Lynch said earlier this month. “I’ve always felt like you play football outdoors all the way through the end of the year, so the big game shouldn’t be any different. I think the weather is part of the game.”
President and CEO Pat Bowlen told The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper, that he was in favor of New York hosting the Super Bowl.
“I don’t expect we’ll have it there every third or fourth year, but I think one up in New York would be great,” he said.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels agreed with Bowlen and Lynch, mentioning a scenario where he certainly wouldn’t mind about a little bit of snow.
“Hey, if we’re in the Super Bowl, nobody is going to be complaining about what the weather is like or what the temperature is,” he said.
Before it gets to the Meadowlands, the Super Bowl will be held in Dallas (2011), Indianapolis (2012) and New Orleans (2013).
After that, Lynch has another idea.
“Let’s see one here in Denver.”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com