Who wants to go watch a football game in New Jersey in February? I know I don’t.
With the announcement of the 2014 Super Bowl being held in New Jersey in the New Meadowlands Stadium, a part of me died inside.
While the stadium is brand new and nearby New York City is great, a Super Bowl in a cold weather city during the middle of winter is not good for football. While many have been talking about how great it will be to have
one of the most watched sporting events held in what some consider the world’s greatest city, let me tell you that this idea is not as great as it sounds.
First, who really wants to go to New York or New Jersey during winter? I am from Chicago, and while I am used to the cold weather, I wouldn’t make a special trip to see a football game in another cold weather city unless the Chicago Bears were playing. While I have never been to the Super Bowl, the general idea is that people enjoy going to the game because it is the NFL championship with the added benefit of a great vacation. When the game is held in warm weather city such as Miami or Tampa Bay, the attraction is more the entire experience then the actual game. While I am sure many fans will make the trip to New Jersey in 2014, many may shy away because they don’t want to freeze their butts off.
Another reason holding the Super Bowl in New Jersey is not a great idea is because now more cold weather cities will want to host this prestigious event. While it would be cool if the game were held in Chicago, in the end, experiencing this event in Chicago will only lessen the experience for others. As I said before, the Super Bowl experience is about the warm weather and the beaches of some of America’s cities. It is the vacation experience that really makes this championship game so popular. If more and more cold weather cities manage to attract the Super Bowl, it just won’t be the same experience. As with New York, who would really want to go to a city like Denver in February?
Finally, the point that many people are missing is the fact that this type of location could make weather a significant factor in the game.
While there have been exceptions, most Super Bowls have had no major weather issues, and the championship game has been played with no real climate excuses. While heat may occasionally be a factor, it is not too hot in February in cities such as Miami or Tampa Bay, and besides, the players have a week to become accustomed to the heat. However, if more and more Super Bowls are played in cold weather cities, weather will become an important factor in deciding the game. Snow, cold, and wind could all completely change the way teams can perform. Do we really want to watch a football game consisting mostly of running plays and few passing plays? That is certainly what we will get with Super Bowls held in cold weather cities.
As I said before, New York is a nice city, and I am sure the 2014 Super Bowl will be well attended, but in the end, I think the cons outweigh the pros. After holding the 2014 NFL championship in the New Meadowlands Stadium, more and more cold cities will want to host their own Super Bowl games, often with weather conditions affecting the final outcome. With extreme wind chill temperatures and possible snow, the experience will not be the same. Four years from now, we will see if such a cold weather Super Bowl will work. Until then, cherish the ones in the warm weather cities, as there may be fewer of them after 2014.
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