Ever since I was a little kid and watched the Super Bowl on television I never understood why they always played in either a dome or in a very warm city. I believe that this year will mark the first time in about 30 years (at least since I was a little child) that the Super Bowl will be played outdoors in a cold-weather city.
This year, the Super Bowl will be played in Giants Stadium in northern New Jersey! Since we’ve recently had a few brutal snowstorms and a number of days with negative temperatures, people are worried that the Super Bowl will have to be played in a blizzard.
I have been a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills for nearly 30 years, and I have always felt that playing the Super Bowl in a dome or warm-weather stadium is a bit unfair and unrealistic. If you have a team that is used to playing in cold weather, they will automatically be at a disadvantage. In fact, let’s just say this is the reason why Buffalo lost four straight Super Bowls in the early 90s. 😉
There are definitely pros and cons to both sides of this argument. I can see someone being persuaded to watch the Super Bowl in either type of location depending on various factors.
Keeping the Super Bowl Warm
Since the Super Bowl has to be scheduled far in advance, it makes sense to hold it in a warm-weather city so that you can be fairly sure you won’t get inclement weather. If you have to deal with 2 feet of snow or some kind of natural disaster, you definitely have to reschedule the game, no matter how important it is. This also helps with travel plans for all of the workers, reporters, entertainment, and every one else who will be involved in the Super Bowl. Their flight is less likely to get canceled if they are flying to Pasadena.
You also have a guarantee that weather will not play a factor in the outcome of the game. Some people would hate to see the game come down to a missed field goal because of 40 mph wind gusts (the type that you see all the time at Giants Stadium), a passing attack being shut down in a blizzard, or a fumble due to a monsoon.
Some people actually care about the entertainment before the game and also the halftime show. Having unpredictable weather makes it more difficult to guarantee a successful show because of all the unknowns involved.
There are millions, and perhaps billions, of dollars bet on the Super Bowl each year. I would imagine that you’d have far less people gambling on the big game if something as impactful as weather was unpredictable. You can actually check the odds on the Super Bowl by going to bwin.be and looking up the big game.
Playing In Cold Weather
It’s football!!! I really shouldn’t have to say anything more than this. The game of football was meant to be played on the grass, in cold weather, and especially in the rain and snow. To sanitize the game by holding it in a dome or always sticking it in a warm-weather city takes away from the tough, hard-nosed aspect of football. Even when I was a child, I played football in the snow and rain with no problems…and I expect nothing less from grown men who are paid millions of dollars to do the same.
The teams that are used to playing in warm weather stadiums would automatically have the advantage if you decide to keep the Super Bowl at 72° each year. Playing it in a cold-weather city half of the time allows for cold-weather teams to have the an advantage on occasion. Again, this may be because I was a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills and I felt that they were always at a disadvantage when they played in the Super Bowl. But even if I wasn’t a fan, I would probably want to see a few Super Bowls played in a blizzard!
Did I already mention that these players are all super athletes and known for being extremely tough, and playing in a little bit of rain or snow should not bother them? Actually, I know that this provision is more about the media, workers, and entertainment surrounding the game, than it is about the players.
I just don’t think that the NFL should make so many accommodations for people who have zero influence on the outcome of the actual game.
So in the end, I know why they like to hold the games in stadiums where the weather is all but guaranteed, but I don’t like the fact that the game is made to seem a little “soft” by this decision.
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