The NFL recently awarded the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather setting when it placed the 2014 game in the new Jets-Giants stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. That move opened the possibility of a Super Bowl in Kansas City if the area’s infrastructure is capable of handling the large influx of visitors.
“The first step on that is to see how the cold-weather Super Bowl goes in an outdoor stadium,” said Hunt, the Chiefs’ chairman. “If the league has a good experience in New York, then there will undoubtedly be many communities to come back and ask for a cold-weather Super Bowl, and we would certainly be on that list.”
“The study should be regarded as an initial step in learning more about the effectiveness of safety equipment,” Goodell said in his memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press. “It is not a definitive statement on helmet performance.”
The study, which began last year, involved two independent labs that tested each of the 16 commercially available helmets for impacts similar to what would be felt by an NFL player in the open field. Eight locations on each helmet were tested using four speeds of impact, based on an analysis of game film and computer models in an attempt to replicate actual hits.
The raw data was examined by two independent biomechanical engineers and a statistician, and reviewed by the NFL’s new Head, Neck and Spine Committee and doctors from the players’ union.
The results showed that all 16 helmets met or exceeded national standards to protect players against traumatic head injuries, and none performed worse than a reference group of helmets from the 1990s. Three of the modern helmets – the Riddell Revolution, the Revolution Speed and the Schutt DNA Pro – were singled out as the top-performing helmets.
Every fan will have access to much of the stadium – from the Hall of Honor on the lower level of the south side of the stadium to Horizon level from which you can see downtown and the Country Club Plaza. Both are worth the visit.
In the upper level, there are outdoor pavilions along the sideline with bar areas and concession stands and room to play your own game of touch football if you were so inclined.
On the ground level behind the end zone seats, there are displays honoring the state football champions of Missouri (behind the east end zone) and Kansas (behind the west end zone) which will change as new champions are crowned each season.
The Penthouse Suite, above the Horizon level, also will be available to anyone with the purchase of a Penthouse Suite ticket, sold on a single-game basis. The Suite will hold more than 90 people, but groups of any size can buy tickets one a one-game basis.