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When is the Super Bowl? Super Bowl XLVII, the culmination of the 2013 NFL season, will be played on Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Super Bowl XLVII, the 44th contest for the NFL title, is notable for several reasons. It’s the first Super Bowl to be played outside in a cold climate, and it’s the first in 38 years to be played outdoors on turf, not grass. What’s more, Super Bowl XLVII will mark the first time two states—New York and New Jersey—have worked in tandem to stage the yearly sports and entertainment spectacle. “When is the Super Bowl?” is a question few will find themselves asking, as this thing will be promoted everywhere.

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When is the Super Bowl? Where is the Super Bowl? If you’re asking these questions in September, it’s either because you’re an avid football fan excited about the big game or you’re excited about all of the pomp and circumstance—the superstar performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the over-the-top halftime show, and all of the other celeb-driven fanfare that often overshadows the game. The question, “Where is the next Super Bowl being played?” might have been answered “Florida,” as both Tampa and Miami Gardens bid for the game, but in the end, MetLife won out.

When is the Super Bowl? It’s on Feb. 2, 2014, and that date could cause some problems. The East Coast is cold in February—like, really cold—and there’s a distinct possibility Super Bowl XLVII will be the coldest Super Bowl ever. The previous record was set on Jan. 16, 1972, when temps sat at 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Who’s playing the Super Bowl halftime show? That has yet to be decided, but critics are already worried about logistical issues in the stadium, especially if there’s bad weather. In February 2013, the New York Post reported there would be no halftime show, and an insider told the paper, “It’s not only the acts and the singers, but also the crews that have to put the stage together. … You just can’t assemble the stage and break it down fast enough in the cold.” NFL officials have denied the reports, though, insisting that when Super Bowl XLVII takes place at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014, there will, indeed, be a show—blizzard or not.

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