Don't count Fox announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman among the ranks of Super Bowl spectators who are dreading the possibility of cold weather Sunday evening for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Buck and Aikman, who each will be calling their fourth Super Bowl, are excited about what the weather element will bring to the NFL's biggest showcase. Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews will be the sideline reporters.
“The fans in New Orleans and those other indoor stadiums have been great,” Aikman said in a recent conference call. “We've had big games in them. But I think there's something to be said for playing in the elements, whatever those might be.”
“A lot of the complaints come from people that are going to be put out from having to walk through the cold to get to a Super Bowl party,” Buck said. “And that really has nothing to do with what we're talking about. This is a football game. These guys don't play Arena Football.
“We had this incredible rating for this game that was played in Green Bay three weeks ago that was zero degrees with a minus-10 wind chill factor, and San Francisco, a team from California, went in there and beat Green Bay.”
Buck said the windows of the broadcast booth will be open Sunday to get a taste of what the fans and players are dealing with.
“The only thing I hope for is there's no ice,” Buck said. “If there's snow, then great. It will look pretty on your television.”
The Fox crew already has spent a lot of time discussing what to wear for the telecast.
“We're all little kids at heart and being layered up and finding different ways to stay warm is part of it and for the guys and gals who are on the crew,” Buck said.
Wind simulation technology
Fox is teaming up with Autodeck to provide technology that will allow viewers to see the tricky wind patterns at the game site, the New Jersey Meadowlands. The software provider and Fox plan to superimpose visual representations of wind direction directly over game play.
Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said: “We worked with the same people that did the wind forecasting and wind graphic overlays for the America's Cup sailing tournament, and we're going to have some of those same weather graphics in the stadium.”
Shanks said producers also experimenting with other technology.