The NFL has threatened not to consider Miami for future Super Bowls unless the stadium is renovated, protected from the elements and brought up to its standards. But next year’s Super Bowl will be held in the new, open-air stadium in the Meadowlands, New Jersey, during the coldest part of winter. The record low temperature for a Feb. 2 was 2 degrees below zero.
It’s ironic that New York and New Jersey officials convinced the NFL and team owners to hold the game there with the emphasis that football is meant to be played in all types of weather. They said that cold and snow would make it more interesting, and that Coach Vince Lombardi himself would be proud.
And to think that Miami might not be acceptable anymore because it rained during the last Super Bowl hosted here in 2007. The weather was awesome the days before and after that Sunday. I wonder what would happen if a blizzard, like what is expected this weekend in the northeast, hit before, during or just after the Super Bowl next year. Maybe the NFL will make the Giants put a dome on their brand new $1.6 billion stadium, too.
I don’t think Coach Lombardi would appreciate that.
Roberto Suarez, Miami