Before Super Bowl XLVII, the only thing people had to complain about when it came to concerns for next year’s cold weather Super Bowl, was sub-zero temperatures and blizzard-like conditions. Now, after the Super Bowl Blackout in New Orleans, fans have another thing to worry about — the heat getting turned off in the middle of the game.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy has apparently been taking a lot of heat over what could go wrong at Super Bowl XLVIII, and some people are erroneously reporting that the Super Bowl halftime show will take place at an indoor venue separate from MetLife Stadium. McCarthy’s response to all the fear and loathing: chill out.
re: erroneous reports #SB48 halftime show next year. Chill out. pregame & halftime shows in-stadium.
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) February 5, 2013
The New York Post reported that unnamed planning sources cast doubt that the Super Bowl halftime show would even happen next year due to a number of factors. From this year’s blackout — which the NFL has fiercely said had nothing to do with Beyonce’s performance– to the concerns over the temperature, the source told the Post that there just might not be enough time to clear the field in cold weather.
“It’s because of the cold weather,” that source said. “It’s not only the acts and the singers but [also] the crews that have to put the stage together. 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.”
We won’t know for sometime what the NFL has planned for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII, but if one thing is certain, the league is a stubborn bunch and even if it’s impossible to hold a halftime show in cold weather, they’ll try to do it anyways just to thumb their noses at people who think they know better.