NEW YORK—Freezing weather was the biggest concern raised for the Super Bowl 2014, which will be played in New Jersey on Feb. 2 next year.
The game will be the first cold weather Super Bowl to be played outdoors.
“We are thrilled. We made this decision consciously, obviously not knowing what the weather would be, but football is meant to be played in the elements,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at a press conference in New York Thursday.
The average temperature on Feb. 2 from 1861-2012 ranged from a high of 39 degrees to a low of 26 degrees. Monthly average temperatures from 1981 to 2010 ranged from 41.6 to 28.9 degrees. The biggest snowfall was recorded in 1873 at 5 inches.
The top temperature for Jan. 24 was 21 degrees, which is 10-15 degrees below midwinter averages, according to the NOAA.
Goodell and Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans for the events surrounding the 48th Superbowl when it comes to the New York and New Jersey area next year.
In New York City, the highlight will be Superbowl Boulevard, a themed street fair stretching from 44th to 34th Street on Broadway. The actual game will be played at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Bloomberg expressed hopes for a Jets--Giants finale, which is possible on paper, as the two teams are in different leagues, but unlikely given the Jets’ record over the past 2 years.
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