Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be the first ever played at an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather city. Since the location of the game was first announced back in May of 2010, meteorologists and football fans have wondered just what havoc a New Jersey winter might wreak on the most widely-viewed game in professional sports.
While the Polar Vortex has brought freezing temperatures to the northeast for much of this winter season, current forecasts suggest the chill will ease its grip on the tri-state area just in time for Super Bowl weekend.
According to the Weather Channel, the kickoff, scheduled for 6:25 p.m. Eastern, should take place free of precipitation, and with a temperature in the high 30s to low 40s.
During the day Sunday there’ll be a northwest breeze at around 10mph, but this should mostly dissipate by game time.
So it looks like the Broncos and Seahawks will be getting off fairly easy. For some context, before the NFL and AFL merged and the Super Bowl was born, the NFL season ended with a Championship Game. In 1962, that championship was held December 30, at Yankee Stadium in New York City, and temperatures stayed in the single digits, while 35-40 mph winds made passing the ball nearly impossible. The Green Bay Packer beat the New York Giants in that game, 16-7.