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"We should've done this years ago," said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who also was part of that celebration.
The 50-degree rule was created for the comfort and convenience of fans and players. Anyone who has ever planned an outdoor event can appreciate how much of a relief it is to not worry about the weather. Neutral conditions, like those in a dome, also are supposed to help the caliber of play. It also makes it more comfy for all the practices, parties and other events during the week leading up to the game.
It's been at least 57 degrees for every Super Bowl since 1975, when it was 46. That's why Florida and California have been such frequent hosts.
"In the back of everybody's mind, people want to be in South Florida that time of year," Ross said.
Tuesday's vote had been widely considered a formality, but it didn't play out that way. Even after Miami was eliminated, it took two more rounds of voting for New York to get the nod over Tampa.
"New York knows how to put on an event," Ross said, putting aside his weather warnings. "It's not like you lost to some small town that doesn't know how to put on big events."
Being just outside the Big Apple means lots of glitz and spectacle, Buildup will include everything from a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to parties at internationally renowned destinations. There will be game-day shots of the Manhattan skyline in the distance, and thousands watching on the jumbo-screen TVs in Times Square.
The flip side is that security will become a bigger issue, perhaps among the most expensive pieces of the budget. An expected economic impact of $550 million would help offset some of the cost.
Planners are already making the most of the weather. They're plotting to give out hand warmers and heated seat cushions -- and will be selling plenty more NFL-branded merchandise to help fight off the elements. They'll also have hundreds of folks ready to shovel away snow, and anything else necessary to make the experience more than bearable.
The team owners were asked where they would sit -- indoors or out?
"Probably both," Jets owner Woody Johnson said.
Mara laughed and said, "I like that."
Other cities have built big, expensive stadiums and would love to have the weather rule waived for them.
Odds are, the NFL will wait and see how this foray into the great outdoors in winter goes. Then the league might OK another bid -- like for Washington, saying the nation's capital deserves the nation's most popular event -- but it would take a year or two to figure out the logistics. And votes are taken four years out, so it might be until 2019 or 2020 before it happens again.
The upcoming Super Bowl, in February 2011, will be at Cowboys Stadium, followed by Indianapolis' new stadium in 2012 and a 2013 return to the Superdome for the first time since Hurricane Katrina ripped off part of the roof.
The 2014 game will be held Feb. 2nd, 9th or 16th, depending on how that season's schedule is set up.
That leads to one more question: Anybody have a 1,300-day forecast?
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