Snow forecast for Super Bowl XLVIII logo

Sept. 27, 2011 at 1:52 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The logo for Super Bowl XLVIII, which is to be played in New Jersey in February 2014, features a snowflake to reflect the outdoor venue's weather possibilities.

The game, scheduled for Feb. 2, 2014, is the first for an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather climate. It was awarded to MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.

The local committee staged a contest for the game logo -- unveiled Tuesday -- and accepted an entry that shows the George Washington Bridge, which links New York and New Jersey, with also "NY" and "NJ" flanking the snowflake. The words "Super Bowl" are across the top and there is also a football and "XLVIII."

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

NFL team owners granted the East Rutherford site an exemption from Super Bowl venue guidelines that mandate a Super Bowl site have a minimum average temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, unless the game is played at a domed stadium or a field with a movable roof.

Super Bowl XLVI is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium, which has a retractable roof. Super Bowl XLVII is to be played Feb. 3, 2013, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

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