e hope you liked Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance, because it could be the last one for a couple years. Next year's big game will be played in New Jersey's open-air MetLife stadium, where the temperature is currently a frigid 27 degrees. And with next year's Super Bowl likely to be similarly cold, NFL officials reportedly aren't sure how to plan for the halftime show, as freezing temperatures could make the already-daunting task of quickly setting up and tearing down a massive stage even more difficult.
"It's not only the acts and the singers but [also] the crews that have to put the stage together," one official told the New York Post. The NFL has never dealt with a cold-weather Super Bowl, and it apparently didn't consider the potential logistical problems when tapping New Jersey for the 2014 game. "There are a thousand things we didn't think about in regards to the cold," another source said.
New Jersey already has a tough act to follow. Sunday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers featured Beyonce, a blackout, an almost blowout, and an incredibly tense second half. "As soon as the Lombardi Trophy is lifted, all eyes are on you," Al Kelly, CEO of the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee, tells USA Today. "Everyone will want to know: 'What kind of Super Bowl are you going to put on?'" New Jersey has fewer than 365 days to figure that out.
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