NEW YORK: Forecasters predict the coldest Super Bowl and a chance of rain or even snow at next Sunday’s National Football League title showdown, but players say they don’t fear sub-freezing conditions.
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks arrived Sunday in suburban New York for Super Bowl 48, what will be the first outdoor cold-weather clash in the NFL Super Bowl era that began in 1967.
“We’re not really concerned,” said Denver safety David Bruton. “We have played numerous cold games.
“I’ve had my share of cold. So I’m just slapping on the Warm Skin [lotion]and Vaseline—something to act as an insulator—and go out there and play. I’ll wear thicker gloves, but that’s about it.”
The coldest Super Bowl was played in 39 degrees Fahrenheit (four degrees Celsius) at New Orleans in 1972, but next Sunday’s high is only set to reach 37 and is likelier to be near the projected low of 27 for the night-time kickoff, with a 30 percent chance of rain or snow.
“It would be fun to play in some snow,” said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.
Super Bowls have been typically staged in palm-tree climates such as Miami or San Diego, or in domed stadiums when northern cities such as Indianapolis, Minneapolis or Detroit have hosted.
“You can’t let the weather play a part in executing the game plan,” Bruton said. “We’re just going to have to go out there and execute no matter how cold it is.
“It could be 10 below [zero], 20 below, you know. It’s the Super Bowl. It’s going to be rocking. Nobody’s going to really care.”
The Seahawks have tried to stress they will do the same things that put them in the Super Bowl no matter the distractions.
NFL team owners voted in 2010 to have the game played in New York, with one notion being that a successful Big Apple appearance could open doors for future cold weather Super Bowls.