Spared a Blizzard (sorry) of Bad PR
Just imagine: if the Twin Cities played host to the Super Bowl this year instead of last, thousands of out-of-town visitors would now be arriving to a minus 35° wind chill — headed towards as low as minus 60°(!) the next two nights.
That compares with an air temp expected to bottom at “only” minus 30° below zero.
In truth, the Minneapolis-hosted Super Bowl would likely have proceeded smoothly regardless of the weather: downtown is connected by a miles-long grid of skyways, tunnels, and underground garages, obviating the need to actually experience the elements.
And the venue, US Bank stadium, is equally climate-controlled (very much unlike old-time Metropolitan Stadium, site of what is now Mall of America).
But, had this blast of Arctic cold arrived exactly one year earlier, it’s likely that the area would nevertheless have a reaped an, um . . . blizzard of negative publicity (sorry).