Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco criticized the decision to hold the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, according to reports from the NY Post and ESPN. Flacco, who is from New Jersey, commented to reporters during a press conference on Monday:
“I think it’s retarded. I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid,” said Flacco. “If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one… Other than that I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.”
The Super Bowl next year is scheduled for Feb. 2 and will be the first time the game is played outdoors at a cold-weather site. The record low for a Super Bowl kickoff was 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1972. The average high in Newark for Feb. 2 is 39.8 degrees and the average low is 24.2, according to the National Weather Service.