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NFL: Severe weather could cause a Super Bowl reschedule

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NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) - When the NFL announced that Super Bowl XLVIII would be held at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, an open-air, cold-climate venue, many critics said it was not a good idea because of the risk of bad weather.

The league said it has several contingency plans in place should the New York-New Jersey area get pummeled by snow or another major weather event -- including moving the game to another day.

Al Kelly, the president and CEO of the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee, said whether it's beautiful clear skies or snowy and cloudy on Super Bowl Sunday an army of crews will be on standby.

Frank Supovitz, a top NFL V.P., told reporters at a news conference at MetLife on Wednesday that if public safety becomes an issue because of an extremely severe weather system then the league would have to consider "rescheduling scenarios."

He said the game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2014, even if the area gets some snow. Supovitz said the league plans for all weather conditions for every Super Bowl, regardless of location.

The "rescheduling scenarios," which are in place for any league game, could include Saturday, February 1, or even the Monday or Tuesday after the scheduled Super Bowl Sunday

"We've hosted successful Super Bowls in cities like Detroit and Minneapolis, and we are now looking forward to putting on this historic cold-weather outdoor game," he said in a statement, adding that crews and equipment at the stadium, local municipalities, and state agencies are prepared for snow removal.

The NFL said the stadium will have dozens of trucks, plows, salters and front-end loaders ready to go. The stadium will have 1,600 workers on site for the game, which is double the workforce of a regular-season Giants or Jets game.

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