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New York/New Jersey to host 2014 Super Bowl

May 25, 2010

 

The Jets and Giants are one big happy family

 

On Tuesday, the NFL officials voted to host the 2014 Super Bowl at the brand new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  Earlier this month, representatives from both the Jets and Giants, including Mark Sanchez and Eli Manning, presented their case to the league. After the three potential hosts presented their piece again, and after four rounds of voting, the Jets and Giants eventually beat out the Bucs and Dolphins for the right to host the biggest spectacle in American sports.  

The new $1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium that will become home to the Jets and Giants this season seemed like a natural destination for the NFL’s marquee event.  The league  has a tendency to reward cities for building expensive new stadiums by giving them a Super Bowl.  The main issue holding the New York/New Jersey bid back, however, was the potential for impactful weather, but in the end not even a possible blizzard could prevent the greatest city in the world from hosting sports biggest game.  

 

I honestly couldn’t care less if it snows five feet on that Sunday, as a cold, frosty night will only enhance the experience and certainly raise the ratings.  Of course, I probably won’t be in attendance so my cozy couch in front of a fire-place will not compare to those brave souls who choose to bare the potential frigid conditions.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the average high temperature at surrounding Newark airport on the potential date is 39 degrees.  The record high was 62 degrees in 1973 and the record low was minus-2 in 1961.  The most snowfall the area has experienced is 3.4 inches in 1985.  

Before the voting took place, Jets coach Rex Ryan was adamant about hosting the Super Bowl in the big apple.  “I don’t see how it’s not played here.  We’ve got the best city in the world.  I think that’s indisputable.”    NFL Commissionaire Roger Goodell had also been vocal about backing New York’s improbable Super Bowl bid, consistently referencing some of the NFL’s memorable cold-weather games.    

Factoring into the voters decisions was the potential to host events at the Jacob Javitz center, as well as the lure of Broadway and Radio City Music Hall.  Events at the soon to be renovated Madison Square Garden are also likely.  Hosting the 2014 Superbowl will now also assist both John Mara and Woody Johnson in finding a naming rights partner for the new stadium.  There were also thoughts that the legacy of Wellington Mara played a large part in rewarding New York with a Super Bowl.  The former Giants owner allowed the other NFL teams an equal piece of television revenues when as a New York owner he could have easily gobbled everything up for himself. 

Mikhail Prokhorov has already reportedly bought all available seats for the event.

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2 comments

  1. No question that this needed to happen. No reason to not have a Super Bowl in cold weather. They play regular season games in it, and the argument about northern teams having an advantage is idiotic, as playing in warm weather plays into the hands of southern teams. Thats not to say Im not pumped about the upcoming Super Bowl in Dallas however. Great post.


  2. Thanks for reading Josh!

    I agree totally regarding your take on the “advantage.” How many times do cold weather teams have to play NFC and AFC Championship games in domes or warm weather?

    Anyone complaining that its going to be cold, or they might get hit with a snow flake needs to buy some long johns and grow a pair.



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