Now that Super Bowl XLVII is over, it is time to look forward to Super Bowl XLVIII which will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In the first outdoor Super Bowl in a northern city, here are some things to look for regarding the game:
This game has the potential to make the most money of any single game in professional sports history. The Super Bowl is annually one of the most watched, if not the most watched, television events, not to mention that the National Football League already purchased all of the tickets to the game this past summer and sold them to their sponsors, thereby guaranteeing profits for both the league and the stadium. Also, if either the New York Giants or New York Jets qualify for the game, the potential capital gain, as well as media attention, could be record-breaking.
Other northern teams are taking note as well. If this game is successful, then teams such as the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears would be able to host games in their outdoor stadiums. This would provide the league, teams, and cities with more money.
One odd point of comparison is the following: baseball, a spring/summer sport, plays the World Series in October at stadiums in all weather points, no matter where the teams are from. This past World Series was played between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. The weather in San Francisco was mild while the weather in Detroit was far from it. The weather was seen more as an inconvenience for the fans than for the players. Football, a fall/winter sport, which is routinely played in rain and snow, has not had a Super Bowl in a northern city with an outdoor stadium, thereby limiting the teams whose stadiums can host a Super Bowl.
Another way in which this game is unique is that it appeals to both those in New York City as well as those in northern New Jersey. The logo for the game features the George Washington Bridge, which is a major outlet to both Manhattan and New Jersey. There is a rumor that there will be a banner unleashed from the bridge in coming days proclaiming, “Super Bowl This Way” with arrows pointing toward the New Jersey side of the bridge.
However, with all high reward possibilities, there is a high risk factor. Weather could wreck havoc on the game. Since the game is in February, there is the possibility that the game could be played in bitter cold weather as well as snow. While this would not matter to viewers at home, the play of the game could be effected, as well parking and transportation issues (and if the weather effects the power lines, there could be a power outage). The worst-case scenario is that the game is delayed or postponed due to weather, which would effectively end any outdoor northern team’s bid to host the Super Bowl.
There are only 363 days until Super Bowl XLVIII. As New Yorkers, we should keep one thing in mind: next year, we will witness one of the most amazing sporting events happening across the Hudson River in New Jersey. While it is not the Olympics, hosting the Super Bowl is a good consolation prize. And for any New Yorker or New Jerseyan, that is pretty cool.