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Super Bowl seats to come with gloves, hand warmers, earmuffs, lip balm

Football-snowSuper Bowl 48 is quickly approaching, and everyone seems to want to talk about the weather. That makes sense when considering the fact that the game, which has never been held outdoors and in cold weather in its 48-year history, will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. As you might expect, the prospect of snow and blistering cold is not scaring anyone away.

Tickets for the big game are currently starting at over $3,000 per ticket on StubHub.com. That price could rise even higher when people find out about all the goodies that will be coming with each seat.

How can you go wrong? If you’re willing to pay $3,000 for a seat itself, you have to be willing to splurge for about $5,000 for one that comes with everything you need to keep warm and avoid chapped lips during the winter.

The potential for nasty weather has become more of a story than the game itself. Earlier this week, Accuweather.com launched a new site called WillItSnow.com that is dedicated to predicting the weather for the Super Bowl. Depending on how things go, this probably won’t be the last time there’s a chance for snow during the championship. At least fans can leave their hand warmers at home.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Tailgating will not be allowed at the Super Bowl

Giants-fans-tailgateSuper Bowl 48 is going to have a much different feel to it than Super Bowls past. First and foremost, the game is being held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey — outdoors and in cold weather. In the Super Bowl’s 48-year history, a game has never been hold outdoors in a cold climate. But don’t worry — fans aren’t going to freeze while tailgating. That’s because tailgating won’t be allowed.

On Monday, Super Bowl CEO Al Kelly announced that there will be no grilling and lounging in parking lots for the hours leading up to the game.

“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car,” Kelly said, per ESPNNewYork.com. “And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you’re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill, and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it’ll all be watched very carefully.”

In other words, feel free to stand next to your car in 20-degree weather and eat a Lunchables.

The NFL and Super Bowl organizers intend to take incredible security measures on Feb. 2, 2014. In addition to a tailgating ban, there will also be no unauthorized taxis or car services bringing fans to the game. The 80,000 ticket holders will have to arrive by way of charter bus called the Fan Express, which costs $51, by way of the NJ Transit or with the use of a parking pass, of which there are less than 13,000 available.

“Nobody’s going to be dropped off by black car,” Kelly said. “You can have a black car, a green car, a white car, a red car as long as you have parking, and the car needs to stay on the premises the entire time.”

That’s OK, fans can just park in lots away from the stadium and walk to the game, right? Wrong. Kelly said no one will be allowed to enter the stadium on foot unless they have arrived via public transportation or shuttle bus — where security will have screened them before and after — or they have an approved parking pass.

While a lot of these rules and guidelines sound insane, they’re in place for our safety. It may be untraditional, but it’s tough to argue with that. Unfortunately, that means we won’t be seeing any incredible tailgate grills like this.

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.

Call the Wambulance: New Jersey Gov. Whining About Super Bowl 48

No matter what you do, you can’t keep everyone happy.  Just ask the Tampa Bay officials and residents who lost their bid for Super Bowl 48 to New York — oops, I mean New Jersey.  My mistake.  Apparently referring to Super Bowl 48 as a “New York Super Bowl” pisses some people off, one of them being New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Christie has been furious about headlines that have featured phrases such as “New York wins Super Bowl bid” and “Grestest city gets greatest sports event.”  Here’s what he had to say about the situation, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:

Those comments would come from the geographically challenged. I’m looking out that door, and it’s New Jersey, and I look where that stadium is, and it’s New Jersey, and when everybody gets on the train or in their cars or on buses, they’re going to be coming to that game in New Jersey.”

No need to get testy, Chris.  We all know you have absolutely no problem reaping the financial benefits that go along with playing host to two teams that encompass the largest media market in all of professional sports.  No need to start bickering now.  If this were such a problem, he would have been lobbying to rename the Jets and Giants the New Jersey Jets and New Jersey Giants a while ago.  The fact of the matter is the stadium is in New Jersey because it’s easier that way.  Now that the greatest sporting event in America is coming to the northeast, New Jersey officials want a piece of the publicity pie.  They’ve been eating the revenue pie for years now, and they’ve all of a sudden found a new appetite.

Christie isn’t the only one either.  U.S Senator Frank Lautenberg has written a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him “to ensure that the NFL appropriately describes the site of the game as ‘New Jersey/New York’ and not simply ‘New York.”’  Yawn.  I recommend these big wigs sit back, count their money, and realize that if it weren’t for using “New York” as a title to market large-scale events and NFL teams, they would have stopped counting a long time ago.

Source:
New Jersey officials not happy with talk of “New York Super Bowl” [Pro Football Talk]

Cold Super Bowl in New Jersey Is for the True Fans

On Tuesday, the NFL team owners announced that Super Bowl 48 would be held in the new $1.6 billion home of the the New York Giants and the New York Jets — Meadowlands Stadium. The Giants play the first regular season game in the new stadium on Sept. 12 (something I’m sure the Jets are still bitter about). The most exciting part about this development is that the Super Bowl will be played in good ol’ fashion cold weather like it used to be.

Call me biased, call me whatever you want, but when I think of football, I think of cold weather. I think of snow and bundling up to go to a game. I think of wearing three t-shirts, a hoodie under your jersey, as well as thermal underwear and two pairs of gloves to keep warm. I think of drinking hot chocolate to combat the blistering wind blowing on your face. I think of seeing your breath in the air as you cheer on your team. And I think of how much that makes it all better. It takes true dedication to brave the coldest of days just to see your team play some football, whether it be professional or peewees.

Anyone can go sit in warm weather and soak up the sun while watching one of our greatest pastimes, but football is played during the winter season for a reason — because it’s meant to be played outdoors in cold weather! Hey, I can’t help but be excited that Meadowlands Stadium won the Super Bowl bid. I’ll be honest, as a Chicago Bears fan, the door is now open for cold weather stadiums to play host to one of the most important sporting events of the year.

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New Meadowlands Stadium to Host Super Bowl [North Jersey.com]

Super Bowl on the Verge of Getting Chilly

A new era of Super Bowl play is on the verge of being secured.  Actually, I guess you could say an old tradition is on the verge of returning to the NFL.  With each passing day, it seems more and more certain that America’s most prominent sporting event is once again headed for potentially harsh conditions.  This Tuesday at the NFL league meetings in Dallas, owners will vote “yay” or “nay” to decide whether or not New Meadowlands Stadium — the brand new, state-of-the-art home of the New York Jets and New York Giants — should host the Super Bowl in 2014.  One owner who has been particularly outspoken in favor of a New York bid in 2014 is Patriots owner Robert Kraft:

Doing it in New York is the right thing for a lot of reasons,” Kraft told the Daily News last week. “I’ve been going to Patriots games for 50 years up here. I personally believe all football should be played outdoors. Our league was founded on winter football with the Ice Bowl. Our sport is about resilience, mental toughness, adjustments. I think it will be a great experience for the fans. A memorable experience.”

Although he insists it has not affected his stance, Kraft is undoubtedly considering his own team’s interests.  If New York hosts a Super Bowl in its outdoor stadium, that would eliminate a major obstacle when it comes time for the Patriots owner to lobby for a Super Bowl to be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  If, and when, New York breaks the cold weather barrier, harsh conditions can no longer be used as an effective argument against holding the big game in a stadium with the potential for snow and freezing temperatures.

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