Time will tell whether it was a brilliant idea or a colossal mistake to hold Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In the meantime, however, New Yorkers have survived the “Polar Vortex” and the current forecast calls for typical New York winter weather.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 2nd. Instead of palm trees and outdoor barbecues, the New York metropolitan area will be welcoming football fans with pre-game activities more typical for a game being held in early February.
The New York/New Jersey Host Committee has put together a website that includes information for visitors to the New York City area, a list of events going on leading up to the actual game and details about the Super Bowl and the game’s various partners.
Current ongoing Super Bowl related exhibits include:
- Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Housed at the Liberty Science Center, this historical collection includes a hometown heroes section featuring the Jets and Giants.
- Vince Lombardi Trophy – The Newark Museum’s decorative arts collection will have the original Vince Lombardi Trophy on display through the end of March.
- You Make The Call Learn to be an NFL Official – The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will allow children and their families an inside look at what it’s like to be an NFL player and official and the decisions that each face.
- Gridiron Greats Vintage Football Cards Exhibit – The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art will be displaying classic football cards from the collection of Jefferson R. Burdkick
In an interesting twist Media Day will be held indoors at Newark’s Prudential Center rather than outdoors at the stadium as is usually the case. Tickets are being sold to the public with entry to the event scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for the event are on sale now at $28.50 each and include a gift bag.
For the four days, Wednesday, January 29th through Saturday, February 1st, Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets will be known as Super Bowl Boulevard. The street will be lined with various interactive features including player autographs, visits to various broadcast booths and fans’ chances to try out their football skills. Interested fans can register online for their chance to win a free access badge to Super Bowl Boulevard.
The NFL also plans on opening a pop-up Super Bowl themed restaurant called Forty Ate inside the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel (714 Seventh Avenue at West 48th Street). Forty Ate will be open throughout the week leading up to the game and will give fans the taste of Super Bowl hospitality. The restaurant will display NFL memorabilia as well as a set of all previous 47 Super Bowl rings.
In addition to all the events, the Host Committee has put together a notable list of charitable opportunities for football fans to get involved with. These include local blood drives, coat collections and other youth initiatives.
As for tickets to the actual game, they can be had if fans are willing to pay a lot of money. The NFL Ticket Exchange currently has tickets being sold for anywhere between $2900 and just over $17,000 a ticket.
Of course another alternative is to watch the game at one of the area’s local sports bars. The Star Ledger put together a list of recommended locations in New Jersey including the Plank Road Inn which is less than five minutes from MetLife Stadium.
Perhaps the best option, however, is to watch the game at home or at a friend’s house, where the temperature is guaranteed to be warm.