NJ Preps for Super Bowl XLVIII
The Super Bowl is coming to New Jersey in 2014 and the state is already preparing for the game and the cold.Governor Christie and the National Football League today announced a series of activities and events that will take place as we await the big day.
"Our region's first Super Bowl is a little more than one year away, and in New Jersey, the countdown has officially begun," said Governor Christie. "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 developments."
"We appreciate Governor Christie's leadership and commitment to the Super Bowl," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We look forward to working closely with the State to help present a memorable week for our fans, teams and partners and media from around the world."
The first public event of Super Bowl week will be Media Day which will feature players from both participating teams. It will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark on Tuesday, January 28. This will be the first time ever that the event will be held outside of the Super Bowl site.
"In late January and early February, the eyes of the world will be on MetLife Stadium and the surrounding area," said NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee President and CEO Al Kelly. "With its energy and passion, New Jersey is an ideal location to stage a Super Bowl and its many events, and we look forward to continuing to make history in the state."
New Jersey also will host the two competing teams at hotels in the state during their extended stay in the area. The teams will practice in the Garden State. The NFC team will utilize the Timex Center and the AFC team will practice at the Atlantic Health Facility at Florham Park.
The NFL's Tailgate Party, which will take place a few hours before game time, will take place at the Grandstand at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Sunday, February 2.
"We are thrilled that visitors to the region will have an opportunity to experience multiple landmarks in New Jersey, beginning with MetLife Stadium and now extending to the Prudential Center and the Meadowlands Racetrack," said Woody Johnson, Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. "We are also fortunate to have the players lodging and practicing in New Jersey, which allows their excitement and energy to be felt in the area throughout the entire week."
“Each and every year, the events surrounding the Super Bowl become bigger and better,” said Jonathan Tisch, Co-Chairman of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. “In 2014, the week-long celebration will begin and end in New Jersey, and our events line-up is sure to bring an immeasurable sense of spirit and exhilaration to the area, and guarantee an unforgettable experience for all.”
The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee's pre-game party will be held in New Jersey along with post game parties for both teams. Those venues will be announced at a later date.
Goodell: Don't sweat weather for 2014 Super Bowl
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says league officials aren't just bracing for potential wintry weather at next year's Super Bowl. They're embracing it.
Bone-chilling cold is now blanketing the area where the 2014 game will be held. Goodell said in Manhattan on Thursday that football is made to be played in the elements. He says the league will celebrate both the game and the weather.
Goodell spoke as he and Mayor Michael Bloomberg previewed a week of New York City events leading up to the game.
New York's piece of the spectacle will include closing part of Broadway for a football fan festival.
The Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014.
The Associated Press contributed to this report