MetLife Stadium will host Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014, making it the first Super Bowl to be held in New York/New Jersey, as well as the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold-weather climate.
"For the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, we've embraced the opportunity to create plans that are as big, bold and unique as New York City and the surrounding region itself," says NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. "While we can only fit 80,000 fans into MetLife Stadium for the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, we look forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of people at different attractions and events during Super Bowl Week, throughout all parts of the area."
The New York and New Jersey region will provide visiting fans an unparalleled Super Bowl experience -- complete with a multitude of exceptional venues, landmark destinations, and sightseeing and shopping opportunities. The area offers 40 Broadway theatres, 60 Off-Broadway theatres, more than 100 museums and nearly 1,700 public parks, as well as more than 18,000 restaurant choices and 275 world-class hotels.
Super Bowl Boulevard -- the NFL's marquee event for fans in New York -- will transform Broadway from 34th to 44th Streets in Midtown Manhattan. The event will take place from Wednesday, January 29 to Saturday, February 1 and admission is free. Super Bowl Boulevard will include an eight-lane, 180-foot long, 58-foot-high toboggan run that will accommodate up to 1,000 riders per hour. Other aspects include a video mapping show that will feature visually exciting and dynamic graphics plus historical footage from NFL Films, an autograph and concert stage, photo opportunities with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, football clinics and competitions, NFL-themed exhibits, interactive activities that allow fans to score a touchdown or catch a pass, sponsor activation areas, warming stations for guests and broadcast positions for NFL Network, FOX and ESPN.
"New York City is already the nation's Super Bowl champion of tourism and hundreds of thousands of fans from across the country and around the globe will converge on our region to see the NFL's best," says New York City Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG. "All these activities are going to show our city's best face to people from around the world and will make being in New York for the Super Bowl truly memorable."
New Jersey will also host a series of activities and serve as a central point for the participating teams and their respective contingencies. The state will house the two competing teams, as both will lodge at hotels in New Jersey during their extended stay in the area. The teams will also practice in New Jersey as the NFC champions will utilize the Giants' Timex Performance Center and the AFC representative will use the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. The game itself will also take place in New Jersey as it will be held at MetLife Stadium, the only stadium to serve as the home to two NFL teams.
The first official public event of Super Bowl Week -- Media Day, to feature players from both participating teams -- will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, January 28.
"Hosting the big game on February 2 and its many celebratory lead-up events during Super Bowl Week is a major win for the state, its tourism and economic development," says New Jersey Governor CHRIS CHRISTIE.
The NFL and the NY/NJ Host Committee will grant $2 million to be distributed by the Host Committee's Snowflake Youth Foundation to areas in need around New York and New Jersey. The focus will be on revitalizing and rebuilding places for young people to be active and healthy, including in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. Capital improvement projects throughout the two states will include field refurbishments, playground construction and equipment donations.
Super Bowl Host Cities
|Source: National Football League|
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