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“We’re keenly aware of the ice storm in 2000 that gripped Atlanta,” says Bill Lively, president and CEO of this year’s Super Bowl host committee. “We committed in the bid to create a transportation and public safety plan to address all weather conditions. We started more than three years ago collaborating with transportation agencies and we put together two plans: Plan A for cold and, rain, but no ice or snow, and Plan B if we have ice or snow.”

Organizers have arranged to borrow from neighboring states snow plows, sanding and salting machinery and any other equipment required to remove snow and ice. They’ve created a traffic grid for every major road and access route to the stadium in Arlington, which Lively says is “on the 50-yard-line” between Dallas and Fort Worth, and to the two primary airports, a number of private airports and every convention center site and hotel that might be affected by weather.

Adds Supovitz: “Every event teaches you better ways of doing things, and both the NFL and Atlanta learned a great deal about planning for winter events during the 2000 Super Bowl. Planning for the worst possible case is now standard operating procedure.”

The worst possible case in 2014, obviously, would be such dire conditions that the teams couldn’t get to the New York area or, on game day, to the stadium. Or fans are snowed out of New York _ or snowed in the metropolitan area _ for part of the week.

In other words, what happened beginning last Sunday, when the league postponed the Eagles home game against Minnesota until Tuesday, prompting some very public complaining from Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

“We start with public safety issues,” says Eric Grubman, the league’s VP of ventures and business operations.

“We look at the integrity of the game; can we stage a fair competition? Can we accommodate fans? We need to make sure we can get them in and give them the experience they are used to and have them go to the game for which they hold a ticket. That’s true of every game.”


AP Sports Writers Tom Canavan in East Rutherford, N.J., and Ben Walker in New York, and Pro Football Writer Jaime Aron in Dallas contributed to this story.