Forget the DeLorean, two weeks ago NFL fans got a rare opportunity to look into their future! In some of the most blizzard-like conditions ever experienced on a football Sunday, players from the Lions, Eagles, Vikings, Ravens, Dolphins, Steelers, Redskins and Chiefs trudged through the snow and wind—and fans everywhere rejoiced.
Fan and Player Reactions
“It was a wet snow and our clothes were soaked through. The temperature was well below freezing and the cold and wetness combined to make it a bone-chilling environment. The storm was so intense that we could barely make out what was happening on the field.
It was wonderful!”
Ed Rendenll, The Daily News
That was one writer-fan’s report from in-stadium, others viewing it from the comfort of their homes or local bars took to Twitter:
"Memo to NFL: Require all games be played in 8" of snow. Make artificial snow if necessary. Yesterday's games were the most entertaining EVER."
Michael Moore, filmmaker and author
Even the players who battled it out in that frozen tundra weighed in on their snowy game:
“How could you be prepared for this? It was fun. It was a fun football game. Everybody thought it was so wild and crazy. We just had fun with it. It was like I was a little kid.”
Riley Cooper, Eagles Wide Receiver
So obviously, not everyone loved the snow. The theme seemed to be that fans and players alike who were on the losing end of games played in the elements generally were displeased with the weather.
Also, the argument that open-stadium games favor only teams that are used to playing in those conditions is essentially a moot point after the Dolphins displayed their ability to play through the snow in Pittsburgh and get the win over the snow-seasoned Steelers.
The main thing to remember is that the 2014 Super Bowl isn’t just a regular football game. It’s THE football game, so any energy or excitement from some snow during a regular season game, will be amplified by about a million times.
What to Expect at Super Bowl 2014
According to the farmers’ almanac a winter storm is predicted to hit the Northeast right around the time 2014 Super Bowl is slated to be played. With the publication calling for cold temperatures and snowfall, the NFL and fans alike are gearing up for what is more than likely to be Snow Bowl Part II.
As of today there’s a 23% chance of snowfall for the February 2nd game and Accuweather has even created a fun website for fans to track the possibility of snow: http://www.willitsnow.com/
In an effort to combat the cold-weather, the NFL is providing several conveniences for fans including designated warming spots throughout MetLife Stadium. Additionally every ticket holder will receive a “warm welcome” package that includes tissues, lip balm, earmuffs and hand warmers.
To make sure the game goes off without a hitch, the stadium will have snow melters on hand (including one beast of a machine that melts 600 tons of ice per hour!), as well as removable chutes to funnel snow out of seating and concourse areas.
Since travel would be a major concern, in the event of snow or ice, the state is prepared with over 60,000 tons of salt to clear a 30-mile radius around the stadium, as well as 250,000 gallons of brine and 850,000 gallons of liquid calcium to ensure that the roads are safe for travelers.
Be Part of the Most Memorable Super Bowl to Date
So where do you plan to be on February 2nd? Will you be writing a first hand account of what it’s like to be at the game of the year, or tweeting from your home how much you wished you could be there?
QuintEvents and NFL On Location get you in the action.
With Official 2014 Super Bowl Ticket Packages you can guarantee your seat to the game, and do it in style. Packages include a guaranteed ticket to the Super Bowl, access to VIP hospitality with player and cheerleader meet and greets, gourmet food and beverage options and interactive elements (aka the ultimate tailgate!). As well as dedicated security entrances, souvenirs and merchandise vouchers, optional accommodations in New York and much more.
Don’t miss out on being a part of history at the first ever cold weather, open-stadium Super Bowl. How would you feel about attending a Snow Bowl?