NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka isn't mincing words when it comes to his thoughts about this year's Super Bowl, which will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday.
"The weather's going to be a problem," Ditka told the Detroit Free Press. "They made a big mistake. The game shouldn't be there. I mean, it's stupid."
This year marks the first time the championship game will be played in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather climate. The Northeast has experienced temperatures well below freezing recently, as well as a series of snowstorms. The forecast forSunday is temperatures in the mid-30s with a chance of snow or rain showers.
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Ditka maintains that the weather may (literally) dampen the spirits of both the teams and the spectators.
"If you get extreme cold or you get snow during the game, then it's unfair to the fans, to the players, to everybody. ... It's not going to be that enjoyable," Ditka said. "You're not going to be able to perform at near the level you're used to. ... It'd be nice to be playing in Miami or San Diego or New Orleans or somewhere the weather is conducive to guys being able to show their talents."
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