The NFL will stage its first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl next year when the game travels to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home of the New York Giants and Jets.
That probably won’t affect the players, who are used to cold-weather games late in the season. But there are worries that the league won’t be able to put on a halftime spectacle comparable to Beyonce’s performance this year in the cold weather.
“It’s not only the acts and the singers but [also] the crews that have to put the stage together,” a source involved with the planning of Super Bowl XLVIII tells the New York Post. “You know, the assembly has to be done a certain way. It’s choreographed and rehearsed so it can be assembled and disassembled as fast as possible. And you just can’t assemble the stage and break it down fast enough in the cold.”
East Rutherford, N.J., had temperatures in the 30s and light snow on Super Bowl Sunday this year. The Post’s source says no alternative plans for next year’s halftime entertainment have been discussed.
An NFL spokesman, however, refutes the idea that the halftime show would have to happen elsewhere.
“Re: erroneous reports #SB48 halftime show next year. Chill out,” the league’s Brian McCarthy tweeted Tuesday. “Pregame & halftime shows in stadium.”