“MetLife Stadium has excellent snow clearing procedures,” Kelly said. “Both states — New York and New Jersey — and New York City have strong track records preparing for and handling adverse weather conditions and we have every confidence that we will be prepared.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league will be able to deal with whatever weather emergencies might arise.
“We will be prepared for the weather factors, and this community can do that,” Goodell said in his state of the NFL news conference in New Orleans on Feb. 1. “But the game of football is made to be played in the elements. Now we hope they're not extreme on one hand, but we'll be prepared for that if that's the case.”
The National Weather Service said the average high in nearby Newark, N.J., on Feb. 2 is 39.8 degrees and the low is 24.2. The average precipitation on that date going back to 1931 is about one-eighth of an inch.
The only significant precipitation during a Super Bowl came in February 2007 at Miami. Playing in a rainstorm, Indianapolis and Chicago committed four turnovers in the first quarter.
The record low for a Super Bowl kickoff is 39 degrees when Dallas beat Miami in January 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.