The National Football League, or NFL, might postpone Super Bowl Sunday if faced with unfavorable climatic conditions.
Super Bowl XLVIII is set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife stadium in New Jersey, and with a 30 percent chance of rain or snowfall in the region, officials have decided to put in a contingency plan.
According to reports, the game could be played anywhere from Friday to Monday in the event of a storm or rain, and officials said that’s a worst case scenario.
“What goes into whether deciding to (move) it, first of all, is public safety,” Eric Grubman, the NFL's vice president of business operations, told reporters on Wednesday, UPI.com reported. "Unless it was a state of emergency which affected public resources in a way that made it impossible to get the resources here, or any kind of declaration by any of the authorities from the states involved that made it difficult to travel safety to and from the stadium, we would absolutely respect that.”
The temperature on Sunday is expected to be a high of 40 degrees, and those who attend the game will be provided with ear muffs, mittens, scarf, lip balm and other necessities to keep themselves warm, Fox 40 reported.
"Our aim is to play it at 6:30 p.m. [Sunday] and we are going to have every possible resources in place to do that along as conditions are safe," Grubman added, according to UPI.com. "But if not, we have contingent plans with a lot of options available to us."