Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in open-air MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
UNCONFIRMED: NFL denies report, says pregame and halftime shows will go on inside the stadium.
Sources told the New York Post that NFL officials haven't been able to work out the logistics of putting on a musical performance in wintry conditions. However, NFL public relations spokesman Brian McCarthy quickly took to Twitter to refute the report, according to a CBS News blog.
Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather climate, generating concerns other than just the musical festivities. Haggling already has begun over protocols for a weather emergency, like a heavy snowstorm. Record numbers of plows and tons of rock salt are already being reserved, but local officials warned that the game could be impossible to play in the case of a blizzard or ice storm, another source said.
"The NFL is freaking out about these issues because they’ve never done a cold-weather Super Bowl," a source told the Post.
Officials are reportedly most concerned about the assembly and disassembly of the elaborate stages for halftime performances. Case in point was Beyoncé's powerful performance with her former Destiny's Child band mates during Super Bowl XLVII. The NFL reportedly paid $600,000 for production costs, and Beyoncé pitched in more than $1 million, the Daily Mail reported.
"You just can't assemble the stage and break it down fast enough in the cold," revealed a source involved in the Super Bowl planning.
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