Weather reports are calling for low chances of precipitation and temperatures in the 40s for the day of Super Bowl XLVIII. Of course, things can change over the next few days, but the report is welcome news to an insurance industry that has been worrying about the cancellation of the game due to severe weather since it was announced it would be held in the state of New Jersey.
The NFL has stated that in the event of severe winter weather, it would consider playing the game on a different day, and/or moving it to a different stadium in another city. A last-minute change like that would have big impact on the insurance industry through event cancellation and business interruption policies that have been taken out for this game.
While weather is a major concern for the Super Bowl this year, it is not the only thing that can interfere with the ability to put on the game. Click “next” to read five times the game was at risk of being delayed or canceled.
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Superdome Blackout, 2013
At the start of the third quarter of last year’s Big Game, an electrical device known as a relay malfunctioned, causing a blackout that delayed the game for 34 minutes. Officials of Entergy New Orleans explained that the device, installed to actually prevent a blackout, was not used properly and caused the power outage. For over a half hour, fans in the Superdome and those watching from home sat and wondered if the game would go on. Eventually power was restored, and the Baltimore Ravens ultimately beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
Snow and Ice Halt Transportation, Injure Spectators in Dallas, 2011
The week before Super Bowl XLV, the Dallas-Fort Worth area was slammed with ice and snow storms accompanied by days of below-freezing temperatures, shutting down airports, canceling hundreds of flights, and covering roadways in ice. Seven people near Cowboys Stadium in the days before the game were injured when huge chunks of ice fell from the roof and fell to the plaza below.
The unsafe conditions impacted the pre-Super Bowl activities planned, which the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee had estimated would rake in $611 million. There were even fears that with transportation affected and a potential failure to remove snow and ice around the stadium, the game would have to be canceled. Luckily authorities were able to respond to the situation in time, which the Green Bay Packers won over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25.
Downpour Ousts Fans in Miami, 2007
February falls in Florida’s dry season, but in 2007 the rain came down hard during Super Bowl XLI. The game still went on, but the rain proved too much for some of the thousands of poncho-clad fans in attendance. Many left their seats and took shelter in the concourse of Dolphin Stadium, watching the game on screens, while some others decided to leave the game early.
The rain and wet field affected the players as well. There were six turnovers in the first half, a missed field goal, and a missed extra point. Ultimately, the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17.
9/11 Attacks Push Back Super Bowl Date, 2001
After the September 11 attacks, the NFL postponed games for Week 2 of the 2001 season until the end of the regular season. This caused all playoff games following the regular season, including Super Bowl XXXVI, to be rescheduled for one week later. The game, which was originally scheduled for January 27, was pushed back to February 3, making it the first Super Bowl played in February. The New England Patriots ended up beating the St. Louis Rams 20-17.
49ers Bus Stuck in Traffic Before Game, 1982
The San Francisco 49ers were stuck in traffic on a bus about a half mile from the Pontiac Silverdome outside of Detroit on the day of Super Bowl XVI. The traffic jam was caused by then-Vice President George Bush’s motorcade passing, and caused the team to arrive at the field just in time for kick off. Despite almost missing the game, the 49ers went on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21.