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This Super Bowl to be one for the record books

NickThe annual Super Bowl isn’t just the most watched television program in the United States; it is likely the sporting event of the year. Luckily for casual and diehard NFL fans alike, XLVIII shouldn’t disappoint as it is already looking to be one for the ages. Future hall of famers and rising stars will clash, and a certain quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning will look to make one last statement on an already legendary career. To call this year’s Super Bowl must watch television would be an understatement.

One would think tickets to such a spectacle would be near impossible to come by, and yet surprisingly this has not been the case. In fact, prices of these tickets have dropped near to that of the 2002 prices, which were largely affected by post 9/11 fears. While this may seem strange, a less than ideal weather forecast is no doubt the culprit behind the lackluster sales.

In fact, this year’s Super Bowl could go down as the coldest ever, with a possibility of snowfall as well. And while this weekend’s historic matchup will likely have an enormous viewing on television, apparently getting bundled up and seeing it in person isn’t all that enticing to those who can afford such tickets.

Because of such a reaction, there have been many questioning whether or not future Super Bowls should be held in outdoor stadiums. While this idea is understandable, implementation of this would really be a shame.

Some of the most historic and exciting games in NFL history have been played in some of the worst conditions. What football fan doesn’t secretly hope to watch a game played in a foot of snow? Such conditions often make for more exciting and unique games which become that much more memorable due to the weather. Every NFL fan still remembers games like the 1967 “Ice Bowl” which is considered to be a classic of the sport.

Critics point to the effect the weather can have on a Super Bowl, not to mention the safety of the players. No one wants to see their favorite team lose because of players slipping on the snow-covered turf, or worse, perhaps having a serious injury because of it.

However, players risk such injury every time they play and have to deal with bad weather throughout the entire season. Why should the Super Bowl be any different? If anything, a great player should be able to adapt to all kinds of weather.

Regular season and playoff games are played in unfavorable conditions all the time. While the importance of these games is obviously less than the Super Bowl itself, each of those games still directly contributes to whether or not a team has a chance at playing in a Super Bowl. No one complains about the fairness of a team missing the playoffs because of a single loss in a snowstorm, so such an argument applying to the Super Bowl is ridiculous.

And while there are a great number of indoor football stadiums within the NFL to host the Super Bowl in, some of the most historic stadiums are outdoors. To deprive these locations of hosting the most important game of the year would be a huge loss, not to mention at the expense of many of their local fans.

The bottom line is football is a sport that is played in all kinds of extreme conditions. In many ways, the sport has been defined by these types of games. To make every Super Bowl played in an indoor arena would be incredibly unfortunate for all NFL fans. Because this could likely be the case in the future, fans should enjoy this Sunday’s matchup, which could very well be the last outdoor Super Bowl ever played.

Nick Ulferts is a junior English education major and columnist for The Vidette. Any questions or comments regarding his column may be sent to nlferts@ilstu.edu.

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