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December 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

All of those millions spent on covering stadiums with giant domes to protect players and fans from the weather? Forget it! Real football fans want to see players battle the hardship of weather as well as each other, ratings such suggest. Football games played in snow regularly draw more viewers than those played in domed stadiums. That is one of the reasons forecasters — those who predict ratings, rather than weather — are predicting that a new record could be set for the 2014 Super Bowl being played outdoors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. That is also the reason that The Weather Channel will be sending more than 200 people to New Jersey to cover the lead-up to the game and the game itself. reports that Jim Cantore, best known for his play-by-play accounts of weather activity during hurricane season, will be joined by Sam Champion the longtime Good Morning America weatherman, whom the Weather Channel recently poached from ABC. “With a high probability of low temperatures, and a distinct possibility of snow, weather could be a big factor in the big game,” the website observed. Aside from the game itself, Weather Channel exec Eric Hadley told Capital New York that viewers will want answers to numerous weather-related questions in advance: “How does [weather] affect the halftime show? How does it affect fans? Then there are the hundreds of thousands of people coming to New York — how do they get [to the game]? What is the Super Bowl experience taking over Time[s] Square going to be like?”