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NFL has contingency plan in place for Super Bowl XLVIII should a massive snowstorm occur


While it would take a weather event of significant magnitude that would cripple the region, the NFL apparently has a contingency plan in place if a major snowstorm hit the region during Super Bowl XLVIII.

The big game, which is scheduled to be played on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home of the New York Jets and New York Giants, could be rescheduled and played on a day before or after its planned time.

During a news conference on Wednesday in the parking lot of MetLife Stadium, Frank Supovitz, the NFL’s senior Vice President of Events, said that the league has several alternative plans have been considered should a scenario play out where severe weather made it difficult to hold the NFL’s marquee event at its scheduled time.

Supovitz stated that “Super Bowl Sunday” could be become “Super Bowl Saturday” if severely inclement weather strikes the region, as the game could be moved to Feb. 1. Alternatively, the game could be played later, moving the game to the following Monday or Tuesday.

A Hurricane Sandy-type of extreme weather event would mean that the NFL even could opt to even play the game the following weekend.

He said that while he hopes for snow, by no means is he hoping for a region-crippling snowstorm.

“I think a little bit of snow during the game would make it all that much more historical and all that much more romantic and all that much more competitive and fun and all that much more visual,” Supovitz said, according to the New York Daily News. “There is nothing wrong with a little bit of snow during Super Bowl XLVIII.”

Fair enough. But given the mind-boggling amount of effort required to pull of such a spectacle without a hitch, to reschedule an event that requires a virtual high-wire act of precision and preparation would be a dire situation indeed for the NFL. Think of what would happen if the game was rescheduled for a week later. All the media, attendees, teams, and the amount of people who contribute to putting on a Super Bowl — from NFL employees to local government (and that’s just scratching the surface) — would be forced to make some pretty significant adjustments on the fly. A logistical nightmare, indeed.