NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell has claimed that he has not checked any weather forecasts for the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl, to be held on the 2nd of February in New York will be the first to be held in an outdoors stadium in a 'cold-weather city'. It is likely to set a record for the coldest Super Bowl and early forecasts have anticipated rain or snow.
But NFL chief Goodell says he is not concerned about weather forecasts:
“One is, I'm not sure how reliable forecasts are this far out,” Goodell said. “And two is, we have a whole group of people that are getting the best information, have the right team together, to make sure we have appropriate information at the right time. There's nothing I can do about that. Our team has been working to be prepared for all alternatives and I'm confident they will be."
Although both teams are used to playing in outdoor stadiums, open to the elements it is thought that a game with rain or snow would detract from the spectacle.
However, the commissioner defended the choice of a cold weather city as a host:
“I can't control weather. We don't control weather,” Goodell said. “We made the decision that football is played in the elements and so we recognize that and we made a decision to do that. Championship games are often played in inclement weather. We had several games that were played in inclement weather, including playoff games this year. That's football.”