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Why Are So Many Shows Canceled for Super Bowl Sunday?

mamaleh
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I remember several years ago I was able to get a great seat to THE SEAFARER's matinee that Sunday. It's my gut feeling that the camps of theatergoers and football enthusiasts are rather mutually exclusive. So why cancel so many shows that day? Doesn't make sense to me.
neonlightsxo
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The Super Bowl is in New York. Or New Jersey, rather. It's going to be a traffic/tourist nightmare.
broadwayguy2
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Because youre not a producer.
1. The crowds are NOT mutually exclusive, i assure you, and that just plays on stereotype. Not to mention many a story where a notable number of audience members have their phones out refrshing web pages for game updates and letting out cheers and groans at every update.
2. Many actors and lots of crew ALSO love football. Performance on a Super Bowl Sunday? Guess what, they're backstage watching and getting distracted quite a lot.
3. This isnt any other Super Bowl year. It's being hosted IN our city. Times Sq is Super Bowl village. It will be a madhouse and the excitement wont be for a Broadway show. The bars in the area will be wall to wall. None of thema re going to be thinking "I can't get into THIS bar, so let's go see Bridges of Madison County instead. TKTS will be a nightmare to access.
It's wonderful to want a day where you can get a good seat, but if youre a producer, you need to make money. Move the performance to another day that will sell better and let your cast and crew enjoy the excitement. Everyone wins.
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Marianne2
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^Ditto to that. I commute to the city right past Metlife Stadium and I already am planning to avoid that area like the plague the week before the game and a few days after. I heard that busses taking people to the game will not be allowed to leave that area, leaving less busses for regular commuting.
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Liza's Headband
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What everyone else has already said. Superbowl Sunday in NYC will be a nightmare.
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dreaming
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I'm a huge Denver fan-and if they move on to the Superbowl, I'll sure be cheering them on! (And I'm a theater freak, too! Frankly, I've been to one matinee on a Superbowl Sunday-but that wasn't when it was here. I'll have to get to my bar early for the game.)
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givesmevoice
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And if people don't watch the Super Bowl, they probably want to be home to watch the Puppy Bowl.

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Updated On: 1/16/14 at 12:53 PM
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Kad
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Or they just want to eat buffalo chicken dip.
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Marianne2
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Yes, Puppy Bowl is also a must for me on Super Bowl Sunday.
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NYadgal
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The entire week leading up to the Super Bowl will bring the crowds to NYC, with activities planned in Times Square all weekend.

Fingers crossed for good weather!
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Addy, will you be in town for the Superbowl or already off to Sochi by that time?
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NYadgal
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LH, I'll be in town. I head out to Sochi right after the Opening Ceremony.
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GavestonPS
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I realize I am in Palm Springs, not New York City, but when I worked at a professional theater here we tried "counter-programming" (to use the TV term) with a special "Super Bowl day" matinee.

IT DID NOT WORK. We ended up with a half-sold house. Millions of Americans who otherwise pay little attention to football watch the Super Bowl and enjoy the parties scheduled to go with the telecast.
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Phillytheatreguy10
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I think it's more of an issue this year being that it is in the vicinity of the city. I remember in college freezing in the rush line on Super Bowl Sunday to see the OBC of Spring Awakening. Am I wrong to state its a new trend to cancel? Especially considering the report that young people and women are the primary Broadway consumers as reported at the beginning of the year? Sounds like Broadway would be the perfect ladies day out!
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Marianne2
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Yeah, I think it is more the fact that the Super Bowl is in NJ and very close to the city. It's very annoying on a regular day to be on route 3 during rush hour traffic. I don't even want to know what that and surrounding roads and public transportation is going to be like on February 2nd this year. I'm assuming security will be very tight around the stadium as well.
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Because Patti LuPone is hosting a tailgate party.
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Ed_Mottershead
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It's disgusting. Serve them right if they get rained out.
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This is the first Super Bowl to be hosted in the vacinity of New York City, why has it taken so long for the area to host the event?
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givesmevoice
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When the game is played in the north, isn't it usually in a dome stadium? Since MetLife Stadium isn't a dome, that could be one reason it was never selected.
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Eris0303
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The game is usually played in warm weather stadiums so weather isn't usually a factor.
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wexy
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Ed, they play football in the snow. We can see a show 364 days this year and 365 every other one. I'll be watching the game somewhere. It's not exactly a tragedy.


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Updated On: 1/16/14 at 08:49 PM
Liza's Headband
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No open air stadium in the north has ever been used...until now. This was a rather monumental decision. Only two cities in the north have hosted the Super Bowl; Minneapolis and Detroit. Both were dome stadiums. The Super Bowl is typically hosted in the south or on the west coast. Rarely anywhere else.
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Phantom of London
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See it is held a lot in Florida.

I would of thought New York would be a key host city as there is a lot of wealth there, where the Super Bowl owners can 'cash in'.
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Marianne2
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That might be true, but a lot of people travel from out of town for the game anyway. If you have money, you can do whatever you want.

And yeah, rain or snow is not a factor at all. They will play, unless there is thunder and lightning or some other big weather event that is too dangerous for people to be sitting out in. And it was only a playoff game, but the 49ers and Packers were playing in Green Bay on the 5th when it was insanely cold in an outdoor stadium. So, if that happens again, they still won't cancel it.
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winston89
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Football is played in any weather. Hell, in Chicago this past season, they played in the middle of a tornado. So, it's safe to say that weather will not be a factor in terms of if they play it or not.

However, the reason why they have been playing the Super Bowl in warm weather or domed stadiums is because the weather can be an an advantage to one team over another and they try to keep it as neutral as possible.

With regards to shows, it doesn't shock me to find out that many producers are altering schedules to have the shows perform on a day that isn't Super Bowl Sunday. There are plenty of people out there who aren't sports/football fans, who still go to parties and gather to watch the game. The Super Bowl is unique because it's a sporting event that tends to attract viewers that wouldn't typically watch football in conjunction with those that would. I have heard stories over the years of folks going to the theatre the day of the Super Bowl, only to find the theatre being far more empty than it typically is. Perhaps producers took that into account and realized that the emptiness might be double since the Super Bowl is in NYC this year.
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