East Rutherford, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – The NFL said it has contingency plans if snow piles up during Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium.
However, NFL senior vice president of events Frank Supovitz is rooting for some snow during the first outdoor Super Bowl planned for a cold-weather venue.
“I think watching NFL football in the snow is really romantic,” Supovitz said. “It’s great, it’s exciting, and if you’ve ever done it, you know that. It’s also a rite of passage for you as a fan to have done it at least once.”
“And this is a Super Bowl, right? So I think it’s going to be amazing. I think it would be better if it snowed a little bit during the game. I think it’ll just make it more memorable,” he added.
As part of the league’s contingency plans, the game could be moved up to Saturday or delay it until Monday night but Supovitz said those plans exist for every Super Bowl.
New York/New Jersey Super Bowl host committee CEO Al Kelly said MetLife has the Aero, a machine that can melt 600 tons of snow an hour.
“There’s so many questions about the weather,” Kelly said. “We want to make sure that the national audience certainly knows this region has tremendous assets and resources and knows how to get this done.”
“It’s nothing more than reassuring people that, despite the fact that the world’s greatest is going to be here, we still know how to clear snow. We keep the markets open every day and the schools open most days, and we’ll do a good job Super Bowl week as well.”
Brad Mayne, the CEO of MetLife Stadium, said crews removed 6.3 inches of Saturday’s snow and ice from the stadium before the Giants kicked off against Seattle at 1 p.m. Sunday. Mayne said 30 tons of snow melt was used and 5,000 tons of snow was melted.
Commissioner Joe Mrozek said the NJ DOT has access to 821 snow trucks and plows and 60,000 tons of salt within a 30-mile radius.