While New York and New Jersey were lucky on the weather for the day of the Super Bowl, the blizzard that hit yesterday was a stark reminder of what could have been.
And the possibility of that kind of weather loomed over the week of the Super Bowl to such an extent, that next year’s host committee looked like heroes by comparison.
“I didn’t know how much people were going to talk about the weather,” Jay Parry, the president and CEO of the next year’s Arizona host committee said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “That’s all they talk about. The good thing is we don’t have to tell the story; it gets told for us.”
Parry joked that their weather contingency plans were limited to “sunscreen.”
Of course, the pleasant weather comes with a tradeoff, as the game in the greater Phoenix region won’t have the same entertainment possibilities or venues, and transportation is more of an issue considering the sprawling nature of the area. While the media center and many of the events will be in downtown Phoenix, the game will be played in Glendale, and there has been local in-fighting between that city and Cardinals leadership.
But at least they won’t have to put part of the media under a broiler at the stadium, or worry about people being stranded in a snowstorm on their way home.