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Weather, politics all up in the air for Super Bowl XLVIII

A general view outside of MetLife Stadium during

A general view outside of MetLife Stadium during a game between the San Diego Chargers and Jets. (Oct. 23, 2011) Credit: AP

Super Bowl XLVIII is 257 days away and there’s still no weather report?

That’s the effect of the first cold-weather, open-air Super Bowl that will be played on Feb. 3 at MetLife stadium. Everyone wants to know how the weather will alter the game – even though no one even knows who will be playing in it.

“It’s tough to predict the weather (for February) in May, but it’s going to become a preoccupation as we get into the football season,” Giants chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch said this morning at the NFL’s owners meetings in Boston.

It seems like an awful time to be talking about the weather and how it will challenge a football game given the happenings in Oklahoma yesterday. But with the league announcing two more Super Bowl sites later today – San Francisco and Houston are expected to be tapped for Super Bowls L and LI – there was chatter about how the first cold-weather game could open a new opportunity for other cold-weather cities.

“I assume that if we do a good job with ours that other cities will put bids in,” Giants president and CEO John Mara said. “Why not?”

Tisch offered a best- and worst-case scenario as it relates to the Super Bowl.

“I would like cold, blue sky, a great sort of beautiful New York, New Jersey evening and I think it could be great,” he said. “I think the fans will be into it. I think it’s going to build towards the kickoff and the excitement of really the first cold-weather Super Bowl ever … The one thing that I think would hurt us is sort of a serious mid-week blizzard. But again, to talk to you guys about it I get it but to really dwell on this in mid-May is not in anybody’s best interest.”


Tisch said that the coordinator of various city and state agencies for the Super Bowl is being made more difficult not by weather but by politics.

“The challenge of an outgoing mayor in New York is something that we have to deal with and work with,” he said. “(Michael) Bloomberg won’t be mayor Super Bowl week, so we’ve been talking to the potential mayoral candidates, bringing them up to date.”

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