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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:09 PM

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

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.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/02/12/super-bowl-monday-nfl-has-contingency-plans-for-snow-next-year/

Great move, Goodell, for selecting a site in the north.

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Response to madinmaryland (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:11 PM

1. The weather has been good in NY on Super Bowl Sunday since they announced the game

20's to 40's and nice. Anything is possible with the weather this time of year. It could be warm in the 40's or brutally cold in the teens. Usually it's OK.

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Response to madinmaryland (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:17 PM

2. If they're going to be stupid and have a Super Bowl up north, at least make it a relevant

stadium.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:20 PM

3. You must be referring to either the MetroDome or...

Jerrah Jones Memorial Stadium!!

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:14 PM

8. You couldn't possibly be referring to Lambeau, could you?



As cool as that would be, Green Bay, and indeed the entire state of Wisconsin, would be overwhelmed by Super Bowl crowds. Remember the time Jacksonville had to put people up on a cruise ship? Green Bay doesn't even have that option.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:23 PM

10. LOL ... decades ago Cleveland wanted to host one of the Presidential conventions

the occupancy issue was "solved" by docking cruise ships in Lake Erie.

Never happened, of course.

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Response to madinmaryland (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:42 PM

4. I like the cold weather venue.

 

Football is supposed to be played in the elements and I don't mind seeing all the mamby pamby corporate pricks that inhabit the lower levels be made uncomfortable by them. The real fans won't care about the weather, the ones that get to go the game already sat in the elements for the championship games. (Punkass dome dwellers excepted of course.)

They always have a contingency plan for emergencies, I don't see why this is a concern.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:11 PM

5. BTW, MrVick is back for another year!



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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:32 AM

6. Yes. I know.

 

Go ahead. Rub it in. I would.

Jeffery Lurie is a buffoon.

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Response to madinmaryland (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:29 AM

7. Nemo scared the crap out of someone

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Response to madinmaryland (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:19 PM

9. I tend to like the idea...you have the conference championships two weeks prior

always...and the last 2 years they've been in Mass and you can just as easily have snow then...and that game is almost as important.

Another good thing...it'll get rid of half-time shows.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 02:08 PM

11. Interesting you mention half time shows and...

wardrobe malfunctions. There is a certain saying about hanging a clothes hanger off a .... when it's really cold!!



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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 02:09 PM

12. Yeah, and since certain no-talents who only show up to dress scantily

"perform" at these now...we might actualy get singers and real entertainers to show up.

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