For the first time since its inception, Super Bowl Sunday could turn into Super Bowl Saturday this February. Or Super Bowl Monday. Or Tuesday.
Super Bowl XLVIII will be held outdoors at MetLife Stadium, and Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports that the NFL may consider moving the date of the game should a “crippling snowstorm” hit the New York/New Jersey area on Feb. 2.
Super Bowl could be moved up one day or pushed to following Monday or Tuesday or the next weekend if crippling snowstorm hits the region.—
Gary Myers (@garymyersNYDN) December 18, 2013
It’s hard to imagine the league pushing its marquee event from its scheduled date unless absolutely necessary, considering the number of fans who travel to attend the game and the amount of planning that goes into pulling it off.
Moving the Super Bowl to the following weekend could throw an especially large wrench into the preparations of the participating teams, as that kind of shift would put the game a full three weeks after the conference championships.
Any game played in the dead of winter in New Jersey has the potential to turn into a snow bowl, and the Farmers’ Almanac predicts inclement weather and extra-cold temperatures for Super Bowl Sunday. But as a number of NFL teams proved in Week 14, a little bit of snow on the gridiron isn’t the worst thing in the world.