May 25, 2010 5:49 PM by Melissa Canone
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Check the antifreeze, grab the mittens,
make sure the airport's not snowed in.
We're going to the Super Bowl.
In New Jersey! NFL owners voted Tuesday to put the 48th Super Bowl in the new
$1.6 billion Meadowlands Stadium that this season will become home
to the New York Jets and Giants. It's the first time the league has
gone to a cold weather site that doesn't have a dome and, until
now, those places couldn't even bid on the big game.
The league made an exception for the New York area, and New York
only. But just a few years ago, the NHL experimented with an
outdoor game on New Year's Day, and it was such a success that
teams now fight to host what's become an annual event.
"We believe the owners have the faith in us that 3½ years from
now we'll put on a remarkable event," Giants co-owner Jonathan
Tisch said on the NFL Network. "The greatest game in the world
will be played on the greatest stage in the world."
For all the hoopla on putting the Super Bowl in the nation's
prime media market, it wasn't a slamdunk. It took four votes by NFL
owners to pick New Jersey over two Florida cities, Miami and Tampa.
Miami was eliminated after the second ballot.
If the NFL decides to wait and see how this foray into the great
outdoors in winter goes, it could be until about 2019 or 2020 to
try again because it takes a year or two to put together a bid for
a game that's another four years away.
The slogan for New York's bid is "Make Some History." The
first piece likely to be made is a record-low temperature at
kickoff. The current record is 39 degrees in 1972 at Tulane Stadium
in New Orleans, and that would be considered a warm February day in
East Rutherford, N.J.
There's never been snow in a Super Bowl game and that could
The average temperature range for the Meadowlands area during
February is 24 to 40 degrees, with several inches of rain,
according to the bid documents. Remember, the game kicks off after
sunset in the Eastern time zone, so temperatures would be dropping
throughout the night.
Planners have factored it all in. They're plotting giveaways to
warm hands and seats, having hundreds of folks ready to shovel away
snow and anything else they can do to make the experience more than