When you think of the Super Bowl, you think of palm trees and water in Miami, cacti in Phoenix or Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
Usually it's played in a warm-weather city.
This is the case for many reasons. First of all, for the fan experience. No fan wants to tailgate for seven hours in 12 degree temperatures with snowy conditions--and then watch a football game for four more hours.
Another reason lays on the playing field. Never do you want a game of this magnitude to be decided by another element--like snow, rain or sleet.
But all that is changing in 2014.
Today, at the NFL owners meetings, league commissioner Roger Godell announced all 32 team owners approved that New York/New Jersey region will host the 2014 Super Bowl, played at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ.
It will be the first-ever Super Bowl held in a cold weather city, without a dome.
There is clearly a lot of excitement surrounding the stadium. It cost $1.6 billion to build and will open this summer for the New York Giants and Jets football teams.
Maybe it's my "warm-city bias," but I am not a fan of this decision.
I believe the Super Bowl--of all games--needs to be played in a controlled environment. And New York in early February is hardly a controlled environment. Remember this year? Snow-mageddon...
Either way, it will bring a lot of money into the league and the city. And it will definitely keep some excitement surrounding the NFL.