Super Bowl XLVIII logo features snowflake

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, Last Updated: 2:03 PM ET

NEW YORK - The host committee for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey unveiled its logo for the 2014 contest on Tuesday and it features a snowflake to represent the possibility of inclement weather for the first Super Bowl that will be played outdoors in a cold weather climate.

The logo, presented during a press conference at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, also features the George Washington Bridge, which links New York and New Jersey a few miles from the East Rutherford site of MetLife Stadium -- which is the home for the New York Giants and New York Jets.

An "NY" for New York and an "NJ" for New Jersey are sandwiched around the snowflake, just below the bridge. A football, with the roman numeral for the 48, sits atop the bridge, with the words "Super Bowl" in a banner at the very top.

"I think that's great because a little snow will be great for us," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the snowflake. "Whatever comes our way, we're going to be prepared for it."

The new stadium for the Jets and Giants opened last year. It seats 82,500 and has no roof.

NFL owners had to grant the New York Super Bowl bid a one-time waiver from host city requirements that include a minimum average temperature of 50 degrees in early February unless the game is being played in a stadium that has a dome or retractable roof.

Average temperatures for northern New Jersey in February are usually below 40 degrees.

"This is going to be historic," said Jets owner Woody Johnson during the press conference. "The world will be waiting for us to screw up because this is the first cold weather Super Bowl. We've had some cold weather Super Bowls, but this is the first in the Northeast."

The 2014 Super Bowl was awarded to New York/New Jersey in May of 2010. Miami and Tampa were the other candidates for the contest.


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