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Super Bowl 2014: What's the Weather Situation?

Beware: The NFL title game is scheduled for Feb. 2 in New Jersey.

Super Bowl 2014: What's the Weather Situation?
Planning a Super Bowl party? Better wait.

The NFL could change the date of its 2014 title game from Feb. 2 if weather becomes an issue in East Rutherford, N.J., according to a media report.

Options include moving the game ahead a day or delaying the kickoff for a day or two, according to a report on msn.foxsports.com.

According to Frank Supovitz, NFL Senior Vice President for Events: “There are contingency plans for multiple different days. There is the potential of a move-up scenario, there is the potential of a move-back scenario, depending on what we are seeing coming. It could potentially be on a Saturday or it could be on the Monday or Tuesday. 

"There is also a scenario where we could play the following weekend, a scenario that is incredibly unlikely. You’re dealing with progressively infinitesimal possibilities.”

The game is being billed as the "first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl." And a potential whiteout would be an issue for more than the participating teams.

"They'll play the game," Mitchell Moss, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University, said in the online report. "The question is, they may have to hire mannequins to fill the stadium."

A winter storm would threaten the area airports. Also, slick roads would hinder buses that would transport fans from New York to the game.

Should no weather issues arise, kickoff is set for 6:25 p.m. Eastern time on Feb. 2.

-- What do you think of the  decision to play the Super Bowl in an outdoor, cold-weather locale? Tell us in the comments below.

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