The home of the New York Giants and New York Jets is all of three years old, yet renovations had to take place during the offseason as the stadium is set to host its first ever Super Bowl in February of 2014.
Do these guys work quickly or what?! Check out the progress on the NEW FIELD!! pic.twitter.com/u9344D4PMX— MetLife Stadium (@MLStadium) July 1, 2013
Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first time in history the event will be played in winter-like conditions at an outdoor stadium. Normally, when the Super Bowl is played at a cold weather place like New Orleans or Atlanta, it is played in a dome (Super Dome, Georgia Dome). Otherwise, the event is played at an outdoor stadium with warm weather like Miami and Tampa Bay.
Back on May 25, 2010, when the voting took place by the NFL owners to determine who got the rights to host Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium ended up beating out Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
The NFL wasn't the first sport to hold a major event in an outdoor stadium; the National Hockey League experimented with an outdoor game which is played around New Years Day, dating all the way back to 2008. That game, now known as the NHL Winter Classic, has been played at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2008, home of the Buffalo Bills, and at Heinz Field in 2010, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both games were played in winter conditions when normally, the sport is played indoors.
With the possibility of the biggest football game of the season being played in winter-like conditions on February 2nd, MetLife Stadium is taking all of the proper precautions to make sure the fourth-season stadium is in excellent condition. The Giants will look to become the first team in NFL history to ever host the Super Bowl in their own stadium.
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