No, the odds of the New York Football Giants being the very first team to host and play in the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014 aren’t the history topics that will be discussed. Super Bowl XLVIII AFC/NFC competitors aside, the fact that a 40+ year-old tradition will be held in the dead of winter in the upper Northeast and outside – with no retractable roof is going to be epic for the NFL. Snow, anyone? Kidding. Kind of.
Half a billion dollars aside (that’s the now-estimated revenue that the big game will haul in for NJ/NY each) history will again make its mark starting with blue as have so many other benchmarks of football today. The bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl was won in May of 2010: less than a handful of months before MetLife Stadium (then, The New Meadowlands Stadium) officially opened for the 2010 NFL season. It was open to non-football events sooner, in the same month of May.
As for the upcoming pre-game festivities for Super Bowl XLVIII, much of it will obviously be in New Jersey, where the stadium is. The players will stay in hotels as well as train/practice there. Actually, word is the NFC team will train at the Timex Performance Center (the Giants' on-site training facility) and the AFC team will train at the Jets' practice facility in Florham Park, approximately 15 miles away. The week-long NFL coverage leading up to media day will be at various New Jersey venues including The Prudential Center (home ice to the NHL's New Jersey Devils) which will host Super Bowl media day, and the Meadowlands Racetrack, which will host the NFL's pre-game tailgate party. This will also be the first time in history that Media Day (scheduled for January 28, 2014) is held away from the actual game site. “The Rock” (Prudential Center) is in Newark, NJ and is about 12 miles from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Across the George Washington Bridge in New York City, they will close Broadway between West 34th and West 44th streets (from January 29 to February 1, 2014) in order to free up “Super Bowl Boulevard'' for their version of days-long celebration including: player appearances, football clinics and a 36-foot-tall ''XLVIII'' in Times Square. The Super Bowl’s media center (anticipated to host approximately 5,000 of the media) and the televised NFL Honors awards show will be in New York City, too, where NFL headquarters are located.
But let’s go back to New Jersey. Both The New York Football Giants and the New York Jets play their home games at MetLife Stadium. It will be more than hard to stand back and not try to get involved in the planning – at least on some part. They’re joined only in venue-sharing purposes, so the owners of both teams non-surprisingly have differing views on hopes for the outdoor weather, as the Giants’ John Mara commented earlier this week.
“I’d love to see 50 degrees and mild, but [Jets owner Woody Johnson] like to see a little snow,” Mara said. “I guess I wouldn’t mind some flurries during the game, for TV purposes.”
Worrying about the weather is futile; there’s nothing you can do to control Mother Nature. Preparation will be key. Here’s to both sides (especially Jersey) organizing more than adequately.
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