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Winter Storm Could Force Super Bowl Date To Be Moved

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If you're counting down to the Super Bowl, the big question now is when exactly will it take place? For the first time ever, the NFL is suggesting the date might be moved if it's too cold or snowy.

Could we see a Super Bowl Friday, or Saturday, or even Monday?! Believe it or not, it's possible if a major storm threatens the big day!

"We don't have a crystal ball on weather, but we're confident we'll be able to have our events," says the NFL's executive vice president, Eric Grubman.

We saw what happened Wednesday when more than 1,000 workers shoveled out 13 inches of snow from the stands at Metlife Stadium, the games location.

"Our game is to experience the elements. It's part of what we do, it's part of football, and I believe that's part of our history," says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Friday morning, as we learn about a coming storm, with 80,000 fans descending upon New Jersey, news has come that the NFL allow the Super Bowl to be moved...any time between next Friday and Monday.

"If the Super Bowl is under siege because of mother nature and everybody's plans are all messed sounds like something right out of the movies," says USA Today's Christine Brennan.

This will be the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in the NFL's history, so officials hope fans will take the weather, giving out free hats, ear muffs, gloves, scarves, hand warmers, even a quarterback-style hand pocket.

"Today, this is unprecedented stuff. The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event in the country...and to think the date could actually move because of a snowstorm?! That's possible. That's literally what we are talking about here," says Brennan.

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