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#1 billsfan89

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:56 AM

Next years Super Bowl will be in New Jersey in the beginning of February, and its possible we could see freezing temps, snow, and all sorts of elements that could impact the game. What is everyone's thoughts on next years game being in cold weather and the possibility of playing the game in cold weather cities out doors?

Could/should Chicago, Philly, and other places be in the running for the Super Bowl? I am sure at least Chicago would have the city that could handle all sorts of extra events that could go with the Super Bowl. So should Super Bowls be played in outdoor cold weather cities?  

I for one am for it being in a cold weather city every 5 years or so. I think that if its OK for playoff games to be played in the snow and cold then its OK for the Super Bowl too. I also think that playoff football and December football is usually in cold weather so its something that has a big game feel.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

On the positive side, next year's game might be an "easier" ticket for the regular fan as I don't believe the corporate types will really want to get that bundled up and face the elements.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

View Posteball, on 04 February 2013 - 11:06 AM, said:

On the positive side, next year's game might be an "easier" ticket for the regular fan as I don't believe the corporate types will really want to get that bundled up and face the elements.

these corporate types wont have to travel - you will see them use every ticket and then some even if they get passed to someone else in the office. NYC will be miserable to get a ticket in as 12 million people wont have to travel, get hotels etc... if anything it will be among the hardest ever to buy into at a reasonable price.

what will be the real issue is travel to and from the stadium - new orleans is walkable, NY will not be. add in the weather potentially causing issues.... everyone i spoke with was worried about next year.

Edited by NoSaint, 04 February 2013 - 11:13 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

A Super Bowl held in cold climes runs the risk of having actual football fans in attendance.  Wherever will the celebs go that weekend?

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:18 AM

I'm all about it. Love the idea.  It would add an element to an otherwise boring /over-hyped game.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

One of the biggest games in championship history was played in the cold weather of Green Bay the Ice Bowl. It use to be common place but the game along with the people in the US have become soft & want it to be played inside so their hands don't get cold which i get it !!

But if they are going to play the SB in NJ for the NJ Giants then all of the cold weather cities should be able to host a SB, (like thats gonna happen) !!

If each city had enough time they could prepare like they do for the olympics.

Next year will go a long way to see how the cold weather SB idea plays out ...

View PostKeukasmallies, on 04 February 2013 - 11:16 AM, said:

A Super Bowl held in cold climes runs the risk of having actual football fans in attendance.  Wherever will the celebs go that weekend?

The NFL will just triple their suit tickets & they will be in the warmth of the climate controlled booths !! While the true football fans will be where they have always been !!

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:53 AM

I think having it outdoors anywhere is a bad idea.  And outdoors in the Northeast in Feb makes me question the mental capacity of the NFL leadership.
The SB is the one game that the NFL should want the best team to win.  And more important to their wish to market the game outside the US, the best quality game possible.
Having both teams running around slipping and sliding in a whiteout like that awful Bills/Browns Monday night game a few years ago would be a disgrace, And that is exactly what they are risking, not just to a US audience, but to a worldwide one.

I for one hope for the worst weather conditions possible so they never consider making that mistake again.
However I must admit that the possibility of the halftime pop star de jour slip and fall on his/her ass during the live performance (and having the music continue on as if nothing happened) might be worth it.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:02 PM

View Postjaybee, on 04 February 2013 - 11:18 AM, said:

I'm all about it. Love the idea.  It would add an element to an otherwise boring /over-hyped game.
You thought last nights game was boring?

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:11 PM

It would be funny as heck if the cold weather Super Bowl involved any  warm weather teams.
Such as Miami, Arizona, New Orleans, Atlanta, San Fran, etc..

What was the weather in NJ yesterday ?

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

View PostT master, on 04 February 2013 - 11:20 AM, said:

One of the biggest games in championship history was played in the cold weather of Green Bay the Ice Bowl. It use to be common place but the game along with the people in the US have become soft & want it to be played inside so their hands don't get cold which i get it !!

But if they are going to play the SB in NJ for the NJ Giants then all of the cold weather cities should be able to host a SB, (like thats gonna happen) !!

If each city had enough time they could prepare like they do for the olympics.

Next year will go a long way to see how the cold weather SB idea plays out ...



The NFL will just triple their suit tickets & they will be in the warmth of the climate controlled booths !! While the true football fans will be where they have always been !!

I could see Denver, Chicago and possibly Philly getting one.  They could have to put it on a every ten year rotation to outdoor stadiums in colder climates.

View PostLewPort71, on 04 February 2013 - 12:11 PM, said:

It would be funny as heck if the cold weather Super Bowl involved any  warm weather teams.
Such as Miami, Arizona, New Orleans, Atlanta, San Fran, etc..

What was the weather in NJ yesterday ?


Temperature: 27 degrees.
Winds: 10 mph from the west.
Wind chill temperature: 17 degrees.
Light snow began to fall at about 8 p.m., which a year from now would likely be around the two-minute warning of the first half.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

View PostKeukasmallies, on 04 February 2013 - 11:16 AM, said:

A Super Bowl held in cold climes runs the risk of having actual football fans in attendance.  Wherever will the celebs go that weekend?

You mean Beyonce wouldn't wear what she wore last night if the game was in NJ?  That would be a damn shame.  :worthy:

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

Would definitely be more entertaining.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

View Postbillsfan89, on 04 February 2013 - 10:56 AM, said:

Next years Super Bowl will be in New Jersey in the beginning of February, and its possible we could see freezing temps, snow, and all sorts of elements that could impact the game. What is everyone's thoughts on next years game being in cold weather and the possibility of playing the game in cold weather cities out doors?

Could/should Chicago, Philly, and other places be in the running for the Super Bowl? I am sure at least Chicago would have the city that could handle all sorts of extra events that could go with the Super Bowl. So should Super Bowls be played in outdoor cold weather cities?  

I for one am for it being in a cold weather city every 5 years or so. I think that if its OK for playoff games to be played in the snow and cold then its OK for the Super Bowl too. I also think that playoff football and December football is usually in cold weather so its something that has a big game feel.


I don't know if it's written, but it's obvious that any city that builds a shiny new stadium will be in the running for a SB, along with the warm weather usuals.  They gave one to Houston, Indy, Dallas and now NY.   Philly and Chicago will NOT be getting a SB unless they upgrade and modernize. I personally hate the outdoor SB idea.  I've been to 3 and they were all warm weather and it's just nicer.  If i want to freeze my a$$ off I already have RWS at my disposal.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

For the halftime show the performers will need to wear more clothes taking out some of appeal of some acts.

Personally I am hoping for one of those truly big blizzards where NYC needs to beg Buffalo to send ploys down there.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

Why shouldn't all teams get a crack @ hosting it?  Doesn't the city greatly benefit from the game? I can see a game in Seattle (retractable roof).  What about San Francisco?  I THINK SF is technically considered "cold weather" even if it is only "cool" weather.  Who does that leave?  Cleveland, Pittsburg, KC?  Nashville, heck... Warmer weather than NYC.  NE and Boston should be doable like Denver?  St.Louis has a dome.  Of course: Washington, Carolina... Heck if NYC had (will have) it..  Why not them?

Green Bay may be a hitch... Yikes, it was 5 degrees this past week.  BFLO really doesn't get that cold a lot of times.

Anyway... Wouldn't that suck is they use Toronto instead of Buffalo!  LoL... Boy what a kick in the nuts that would be.  Heck, they have had them in Detroit and Minneapolis and Toronto is bigger and better than those places (think Chicago of Lake Ontario).  Heck, they can offer an "NHL Slumming" package to take in a home-home series between the Leafs and Sabres!

View PostBillsWatch, on 04 February 2013 - 12:33 PM, said:

For the halftime show the performers will need to wear more clothes taking out some of appeal of some acts.

Personally I am hoping for one of those truly big blizzards where NYC needs to beg Buffalo to send ploys down there.

What ploy should we use?  ;-) :-P

View Postzow2, on 04 February 2013 - 12:32 PM, said:




I don't know if it's written, but it's obvious that any city that builds a shiny new stadium will be in the running for a SB, along with the warm weather usuals.  They gave one to Houston, Indy, Dallas and now NY.   Philly and Chicago will NOT be getting a SB unless they upgrade and modernize. I personally hate the outdoor SB idea.  I've been to 3 and they were all warm weather and it's just nicer.  If i want to freeze my a$$ off I already have RWS at my disposal.

Chicago modernized when the upgraded Soldier to the Flyin' Saucer?

What about the Hump Dome in Minny?  Or the SilverDome in Detroit (Pontiac)?  Same w/GA Dome... All not "shiny new."  Kinda... Dumps.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

View PostExiledInIllinois, on 04 February 2013 - 12:37 PM, said:

What ploy should we use?  ;-) :-P

Punting from the 34.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

I think one of the motivations for giving it to NY/NJ was becasue they built a new stadium with alot of their own money, same reason Dallas got it two years ago.  So if Chicago, Phily build new stadiums, then they will also likely be in line to get one.  It's a reward romthe league to help them get some $$ back for building it.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

This is going to be a one and done thing:

http://www.nypost.co...m=SFnewyorkpost

Fine by me.....I think its a lousy idea.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:45 PM

View PostRkFast, on 04 February 2013 - 12:42 PM, said:

This is going to be a one and done thing:

http://www.nypost.co...m=SFnewyorkpost

Fine by me.....I think its a lousy idea.

See, there's always a silver lining.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

View PostRkFast, on 04 February 2013 - 12:42 PM, said:

This is going to be a one and done thing:

http://www.nypost.co...m=SFnewyorkpost

Fine by me.....I think its a lousy idea.

if the source saying that there are hundreds of things they didnt think of is correct, then everyone making the decision needs to be slapped. the average fan couldve told you within minutes that there were hundreds of terrible variables being introduced.

my guess, off site halftime show occuring indoors and somehow worked into the stadium as semi-interactive between the two venues