SBD/January 23, 2014/Events and Attractions

NFL Can Change Super Bowl Time Or Day For Weather, But Is Committed To Current Schedule

MetLife Stadium workers were allotted 18 hours to clear snow yesterday
NFL officials yesterday said that they "could change the time or day" of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in case of a severe snowstorm, but they "remain committed to the current time slot," according to Kevin Clark of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. NFL Exec VP/Business Ventures Eric Grubman said that the league used this week's snowfall in the N.Y. area "as a dress rehearsal for a potential snowstorm during Super Bowl week." He added that he is "confident the game would be played if there were a severe snowstorm the day before the game, but offered no specifics of what would happen if heavy snow hit on the day of the game." He said that it would "require 24 hours to move the game time and 36 hours to switch days." Grubman added that the "ideal switch, if one must occur, would be 72 hours beforehand because there would need to be a public-relations effort to get the word out that the day or time was being switched" (WSJ.com, 1/22). Grubman said of yesterday's snow-clearing efforts, "We began at 7 a.m. this morning, and 18 hours was the allotted amount of time. We have people watching, evaluating, and grading. We’re treating this as if it’s pre-game, and we have to get the field cleared." Grubman said that the "cleanup goal was for complete removal of all snow from the entire 82,000-seat bowl, all of the concourses, and the parking lots." He added that other scenarios "would leave the game to be played as scheduled ... even with residual snow left in the stands or the lots" (NORTHJERSEY.com, 1/22). Grubman said that had yesterday been game day for the Super Bowl, workers "would have started even earlier" clearing the stadium, but kickoff time "would have stayed the same" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/23).

TAKE YOUR CHANCES: In Denver, Jennifer Brown reports Broncos officials "refuse to say how many" of the Super Bowl tickets "allotted to the team by the NFL were offered to season-ticket holders and how many were sold to a California company selling packaged trips including airfare and hotel." Now Broncos fans are "ranting about the team's confidential lottery system." The Broncos said that the number of tickets offered to season-ticket holders was "'in accordance' with NFL guidelines." PrimeSport, which is the team's official travel partner, "would not say how many tickets it purchased from the Broncos and at what price." Brown notes the NFL allocated 17.5% of available seats "each to the Broncos and Seahawks." The league "would not disclose how many seats were involved" (DENVER POST, 1/23). Also in Denver, Dick Hilker writes of the lottery, the Broncos "don't have to divulge their business," but for an organization that "has to go to the taxpayers to pay for new stadiums, one might expect a small amount of transparency" (DENVER POST, 1/23).
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