If weather becomes an issue at the next Super Bowl, at least the major events in the days preceding the game will be held indoors.
The week of pregame hype before the NFL’s XLVIIIth installment of the quintessential American sporting event will unfold outside, in Manhattan. Gary Myers of the New York Daily News has the details, and the designs.
Super Bowl Boulevard will stretch along Broadway, from 34th to 44th Streets in New York City. Between 40th and 41st Streets will be parked an eight-lane toboggan run that will accommodate up to 1,000 riders per hour.
It’ll all be great, barring a blizzard or an ice storm or any other weather event that keeps people away from the open-air celebration. While some remain strident about the possibility of bad weather, the fact remains that the NFL is rolling the dice.
And the stakes are high. If it all works out, the league will be able to double down on another cold-weather, outdoor Super Bowl in the future. If it ends up being a debacle, the NFL will be inclined to retreat to a rotation that includes games played indoors — or outside in warmer climates.
Cities like Philly, Chicago, and Denver will be hoping for unseasonably warm and consistently dry conditions. Elsewhere, folks will be doing a rain/snow/ice dance, secretly hoping that the league will be forced to stick with places like New Orleans, Miami, Arizona, and (eventually) Los Angeles.