NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference on the plans for Super Bowl XLVIII, at New York City Hall January 24, 2013. Super Bowl XLVIII will be held on February 2, 2014 at Meadowlands Sports Complex's MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, making it the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
Can the NFL really hold a Super Bowl outdoors in the U.S. Northeast in February? Halftime show and all?
"Yes. Yes you can," Don Metz, founder and president of the Canadian-based Aquila Productions, said in an interview.
Super Bowl XLVIII is set for next Feb. 2 at the uncovered MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. — just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.
After a winter laced with brutal snowstorms and bitter cold streaks in the U.S. Northeast, skeptics everywhere wonder if the NFL has made a big mistake in staging its marquee event there — outdoors, at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Last month, the New York Post quoted an unnamed source involved in planning for Super Bowl XLVIII who said there were no plans to even hold an outdoor halftime show at the stadium.
"It's not only the acts and the singers, but (also) the crews that have to put the stage together," the source told the Post. "You know, the assembly has to be done a certain way.