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I don't want to go to a Super Bowl in the Meadowlands, and neither should you.
But, by all means, the Super Bowl should be held in the Meadowlands and other cold weather cities.
Those first two sentence are not inconsistent. Please let me explain.
I grew up in Northern New Jersey, about 20 miles from the Meadowlands. Without inviting insults or attacks on my manhood, I will tell you that I have no interest whatsoever in being outdoors at the New Meadowlands in January of 2014, or January of any other year. It is unforgivably cold in northern New Jersey at that time of year. No amount of clothing or coffee will make you feel warm in that weather.
If you offered me a ticket to see the 2014 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands, I would pass without hesitation. But here's the important part -- I would pass if you offered me a ticket to the Super Bowl if it were played in Miami, too.
The fact of the matter is that I, like many fans, would prefer to watch the game on television.
First, it's a lot less expensive to watch the Super Bowl on television (estimate: $0) than it is to fly somewhere and get a hotel room for a couple nights (estimate: $1,000 for all expenses). Second, the coverage of the Super Bowl on television (extensive) is superior to that if you are attending the game in person (non-existent). Third, if you watch on television, you can watch the game with friends and family, and you can grab a snack or use the restroom whenever you like. Not so if you are attending in person.
Putting aside my preference to watch the game on television, the simple fact is that the number of people who attend the Super Bowl is dwarfed by the number who watch on television. Let's assume that 75,000 people actually attend the Super Bowl in person. That's a tiny fraction of the millions who watch on television.
So when we talk about the New Meadowlands hosting a Super Bowl, we're talking about inconveniencing 75,000 people. They're the only ones who will actually feel the effects of sitting in the cold. The rest of us will still be in our perfectly comfortable homes watching the game.
Oh, sure, the players themselves will feel the effects of playing in the cold, but that will only make the game more interesting for the rest of us. Unlike the warm weather Super Bowls, weather may actually be a factor. And that's a good thing for the game and for its fans.
Yes, we may watch a Super Bowl played in swirling snow, with a crew shoveling the field between plays. I get a smile on my face just picturing that, and I'll bet you did, too. It would be more interesting and more memorable.
So, bring on a Super Bowl in the New Meadowlands. And let's schedule them in other cold weather cities, too. Let's let the fans in Pittsburgh and New England enjoy a Super Bowl in their own backyards for a change. Let's let them decide whether they want to brave the cold and watch the game at their local stadium.
Let's schedule a Super Bowl at Heinz Field. Let's schedule one in Baltimore. Let's schedule Super Bowls in D.C. and Philly. A Super Bowl in Green Bay? Count me in.
To watch on television, that is.
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