MetLife Stadium puts crews to the test, clearing snow as if it was Super Bowl game day
EAST RUTHERFORD - Officials at MetLife Stadium used Tuesday's winter storm as a dry run ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, now just a little over a week away.
With 80,000 people expected to flood in for the big game, removing snow is a top priority. The latest storm put the preparedness plan to the test.
Crews have been clearing the field and seats. They say if the Super Bowl had been scheduled today, it would have been played. "At 7:00 this morning, they put themselves on the clock, running an 18-hour time clock " says NFL spokesperson Eric Grubman. "We have people watching and grading. We're treating this as if it were game day and we have to get the stadium cleared."
Keeping fans warm on game day is also part of the plan. Every Super Bowl attendee will receive a pack, which includes lip balm, ear muffs, a hat, mittens, six hand warmers and a neck warmer.
They've also set up seven warming pavilions for fans, and say it's unlikely it could ever be too cold to hold the game. "This is an all-weather sport, we have all-weather fans, and we're in an all-weather region," says Grubman.
Officials will be monitoring the forecast closely as game day approaches. If bad weather looks likely, they need 24 hours to change the game time and 36 hours to change the day. No matter what Mother Nature has in store, they say they'll be ready.
For extended video of the Super Bowl snow preparations, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.