If You Think This Super Bowl is Cold, Wait for East Rutherford in February
Much of the talk this week has been about the bad weather — cold and ice — that has descended upon Arlington and Super Bowl XLV. The weather is rough, but will have little to no effect on the game itself. Jerry Jones will close the roof and the conditions will be no different than if the game were played in Arizona or New Orleans. In three years, when the game is held at the New Meadowlands Stadium, there will be no roof to close.
It happens to be colder in Arlington right now than it is in East Rutherford, but this year is the exception, not the rule. According to The Weather Channel, it’s 14 degrees in Arlington but feels like -2 degrees. The real feel in East Rutherford is 29 degrees. Historically, East Rutherford’s average high for February is 40 degrees compared to 60 in Arlington. Making matters worse, East Rutherford averages nearly nine inches of snowfall in February, while Arlington averages about an inch.
Weather might be the story leading up this Super Bowl, but that won’t mean anything come game day. The ESPN personalities who are outside freezing this week — not sure why ESPN couldn’t have found somewhere for these guys to work indoors — will likely be doing their shows knee deep in snow three years from now. Regardless of the weather, fans in Arlington will enjoy the country’s biggest sporting event in the temperature controlled oasis that is Cowboys Stadium. Fans attending Super Bowl XLVIII, or Super Bowl XLVII depending on what happens with the CBA, won’t be so lucky.