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Super Bowl 48 will take place on Sunday February 2nd, 2014 * (see weather note below)
* Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled to be played Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014; however, the NFL has contingency plans in place to play the game any time between Friday and Monday that weekend.
A massive storm would have to be in the forecast for the league to change the date or time.
"We are embracing the weather," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday. "Football is played in the elements."
The current weather forecast for Super Bowl Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. is for a high of 40 degrees F, and 30% chance of precipitation. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:25 p.m. ET.
To help fans cope with the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in league history, NFL officials are arranging for extra fan equipment. They will receive ear muffs, hat, lip balm, mittens, cup holder, scarf, tissues, a radio to listen to the game, hand warmers, a seat cushion, and a waist-wrap, quarterback-style hand pocket.
Those "comfort" items won't go a long way toward ensuring safety, which Goodell and NFL officials are stressing is most important on their long list of logistical concerns. Wednesday, MetLife Stadium officials and more than 1,000 workers removed 13 inches of snow from the bowl seating area as an impromptu test run for the upcoming week.
"I think that the various events that we have are going off without a hitch and in fact have already begun because staging this stadium is an event in and of itself," NFL vice president of operations Eric Grubman said. "We don't have a crystal ball on weather, but we're confident we'll be able to have our events."
New Jersey governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency on Tuesday. Grubman said a similar call Feb. 2 -- restricting local travel and traffic that would be funneling from all directions toward MetLife Stadium starting early in the afternoon -- would be a consideration for delaying or moving the game.
The 80,000 fans who will attend the game would be impacted in different ways. Fans and thousands of media credentield to cover the event, including hundreds of international reporters, could face challenges adjusting travel and lodging schedules.
"Based on the long-range forecast, all that I would even hazard to guess is that it is probably going to be cold. I doubt we are going to have an unusual warm spell," Grubman said.
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