The NFL missed having the “Ice Bowl” by approximately six hours.
Before Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that playing a Super Bowl in an open stadium in a Northern city was a “high-risk, high-reward” strategy for the league.
His comments on Fox News Sunday could not have been more accurate. On Monday, snow blanketed MetLife Stadium and the New York region, where the Super Bowl was played in near-balmy conditions of 49 degrees (considering weather reports from two weeks ago) the night before. According to NEWS 12, a winter storm warning has been issued for the region through 7 p.m. Snow started to fall about six hours after the Seahawks pummeled the Broncos to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl.
Here’s a photo tweeted out on Monday morning by Brad Mayne, the President/CEO of MetLife Stadium.
— Brad Mayne (@bradmayne) February 3, 2014
As the New York City region braces for about 5-8 inches of snow, according to NEWS 12, more than 1,000 flights have been canceled, which means fans from around the country will have trouble making it back home.
According to the New York Daily News, the roads are a mess and traffic has come to a crawl. New York City “is utilizing 450 salt spreaders and will likely use 1,500 plows once there is 2 inches of snow accumulation.” In addition, after-school activities have been cancelled and trash and recycling operations have also been reportedly put on hold. The worst of the storm will likely end by Monday evening.
Photo: New York Daily News