The NFL revealed today that due to the extreme weather forecast for February 2nd, the half time show for Superbowl XLVIII, which features Bruno Mars will be performed remotely, inside a dome, and shown on giant screens at the chilly Metlife Stadium instead.
John Sycamore, Vice President of Operations for the NFL said that, in line with the NFL’s mandate this year of protecting its players from vicious hits and inclement weather, they are extending this safety guideline to artists and performers as well.
“We are at a point where we have to protect each and every individual, from referees, line judges, janitors, up to the players and coaches, and extending this to artists and performers”, he said during and interview this morning.
Leslie Cruz, TV reporter for KTDEN in Dallas caught up with Bruno Mars while rehearsing for the half time show. He said, “I am glad that the NFL protects it players, specially from helmet to helmet hits, and I am elated that they are also protecting us from the chilly weather at the Superbowl”.
It is not clear however, where the remote location will be located. When asked, Sycamore declined to comment since he wanted to make certain all the details are ironed out before revealing the exact location. He also didn’t want to publicize the location until a few days before the Superbowl as a security measure.
However, speculation has it that the venue could be at the East Jersey State Prison Sports Dome, with its large covered dome, capacity of more than 2,000 and plenty of support personnel, already residing in-house.
It can be noted that the NFL has changed its policies as evident in the numerous games played during this past regular season. Several referees have called phantom penalties in order to protect quarterbacks and wide receivers, ultimately deciding the outcome of several games and play-off seeding, during the just-concluded regular season.