Will a 2014 Super Bowl at New Meadowlands Stadium open the floodgates for future cold-weather championship games? Should the NFL no longer favor warm-weather climates and dome stadiums when selecting Super Bowl sites?
Playing a Super Bowl in New York could change the style of play on the field, but it won't make the dream of hosting the NFL's biggest game any closer to reality for the rest of the league's cold-weather teams.
Posted by Brandon Benson, on May 25, 2010 12:01 AM
If the NFL begins to play Super Bowl games at outdoor stadiums in cold-weather climates, it will lead to the thought that championship games can be played anywhere and forever alter the league's grandest spectacle.
While hosting Super Bowls in cold climates may weed out some of the corporate presence at the NFL championship game and allow more average fans to attend, the product on the field could cost the league casual fans who prefer high-scoring affairs to defensive struggles.
Nostalgia aside, while playing multiple Super Bowls in cold weather cities would provide a boost to local economies, it would also test the financial abilities of those markets to host such a massive event.
Posted by Josh Kirkendall, on May 25, 2010 12:00 AM
If New Meadowlands Stadium hosts a Super Bowl, it will be a reward for the New York Giants and Jets spending so much money on a new stadium, but that won't necessarily lead to more cold weather championship games.
Posted by Doug Farrar, on May 25, 2010 12:00 AM
linroy62: Just play the game. These are professionals, and weather shouldn't matter. ...
jsminteriors: It's about time. I am dying to see seventy thousand "real" fans don the parkas, hats, toe warmers, scarves, rain pants, boots, blankets et...
gmpadilla2001: Why wasn't a dome, or a re-tractable dome, put on the stadium when it was built? Look, it would have cost more, but you can have more than f...