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Yalden: Super Bowl venue is leaving me cold

NIGEL YALDEN
Last updated 05:00 01/02/2014
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GET READY: Preparations for the NFL Superbowl are underway at host venue MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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OPINION: New Jersey is 14,133 kilometres East Northeast of Hamilton.

To get from Hamilton to New Jersey, you first have to make your way to Auckland International Airport, wait two hours to board your flight to Newark Liberty International Airport.

That has a flight time of around 18 hours.

That's because New Jersey is in the United States of America, which is in the Northern Hemisphere and Hamilton is in New Zealand, which is in the Southern Hemisphere.

We can paint this for you anyway you want, but whatever way we do it, you get the same simple picture - New Jersey is a long, long way from Hamilton.

And yet despite that massive distance, thanks to a magical invention known as the internet, I can inform you that according to the highly reputable Weather.com, the website of The Weather Channel and corroborated by both Wikipedia and NYC.com that the average high temperature in New York City, which New Jersey neighbours, during the month of February is 4 degrees Celsius.

The average low in that very same month is -4.5C.

This is information that almost anyone with internet access can access.

I say ''almost anyone'' because apparently these weather-related websites are blocked at the head office of the National Football League, who, in their infinite wisdom, have chosen to play Super Bowl 48 in New York.

Mind you, the NFL shouldn't need to access the internet to find out how the weather will be in New York at that time of the year. That's because the NFL head office is in New York.

The Super Bowl is THE sporting event of the year in the United States of America; an event that fans are willing to pay very, very high ticket prices for in order to attend.

And yet ever since this venue was announced, the weather has been the overriding story of Super Bowl 48.

Sure the Denver Broncos' exceptional quarterback Peyton Manning, on the back of a record breaking season, and the Seattle Seahawks' exuberant cornerback Richard Sherman, leader of a defence nicknamed ''the Legion of Boom'', have attracted their share of attention.

But, ultimately, it just keeps coming back to the weather.

For the NFL to play their showpiece event in New Jersey/New York; thus subjecting players, officials, coaches, camerapersons, photographers, commentators, medical teams, security and most significantly, over 82,000 fans to a prolonged time in what is almost certain to be sub-zero temperatures shows the same level of arrogance that the NFL have treated the concussion issue with over recent decades.

As someone who looks forward to this event, I have two simply wishes for this year's Super Bowl.

I hope that the Broncos and Seahawks are able to defy the elements, thus giving the fans a sporting spectacle befitting of this prestigious occasion.

And I pray that nobody freezes to death.

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