As momentum builds toward the first-ever open-air cold-weather Super Bowl, one league source has advised us that it’s not nearly a lock that the new Meadowlands Stadium will host the XLVIIIth edition of the game in February 2014.
Per the source, it’s believed that six key swing votes will decide whether the game lands in New York/New Jersey, Tampa Bay, or South Florida.
It’s also believed that the two Florida candidates could deliver the game to New York/New Jersey by canceling each other out, with those opposed to the first-ever open-air cold-weather Super Bowl voting either for Tampa Bay or for South Florida. The better approach, then, could be for one of the two Florida towns to stand down, giving New York/New Jersey only one opponent — and therefore giving those opposed to the first-ever open-air cold-weather Super Bowl a way to come together.
Of course, that would happen after two rounds of voting, if one of the cities fails to muster 24 votes in either counting of the ballots. Thus, in the end the question will be whether 17 want to see the game played in New York/New Jersey or whether 17 don’t.
It’s no secret in league circles that the league office wants to roll the dice on a New York Super Bowl. And that one-shot-only attitude could be the springboard for one-shot-only Super Bowls in other non-traditional places, like London.
There’s also a concern that the issue is becoming a high school-style popularity contest, with practical issues like the prospect of folks paying upwards of $2,000 per ticket caught in the elements for five hours or longer. Then again, the tickets are purchased long before anyone knows what the specific forecast will be.