Giants co-owner John Mara and Jets owner Woody Johnson are at odds over an important issue: What they hope the weather will be like for Super Bowl XLVIII, to be held next February in East Rutherford.
"Woody and I have a little difference of opinion on that," Mara said good-naturedly, at a press conference today announcing some of the plans for next year's event. "I'd love to see 50 degrees and mild; he'd like to see a little snow."
This week's frigid temperatures — today's high was around 22 degrees — have been a jarring reminder of the weather in which next year's NFL championship game may be played.
But the Northeastern climate was part of the Giants and Jets' winning bid nearly three years ago to become the game's first cold-weather, outdoor hosts at their shared MetLife Stadium. The NFL isn't spooked, either.
"We made this decision consciously," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said today. "Football is made to be played in the elements. It's obviously cold here this week, but next week were told it's going to be in the 50s. We're going to celebrate the game here, we're going to celebrate the weather, and we're going to make it a great experience."
The NFL and the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee today announced some of their plans, just before the one-year-out mark. In addition to hosting the game, New Jersey has a stake in several events the week of the game.
Media Day, the first official public event of Super Bowl week, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Newark's Prudential Center — the first time the event will not be held at the game's host venue. The NFL's Tailgate Party will be at the Grandstand at the Meadowlands Racetrack the day of the game, and both participating teams will practice and stay in New Jersey.
There will also be a strong presence in New York City. One of the week's anchor events — the new "Super Bowl Boulevard," with the Lombardi Trophy display, live broadcasts, player appearances and nightly concerts — will be set up on Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. The Super Bowl Media Center will be at the Midtown Sheraton, and several parties and the NFL Honors awards show will also be in Manhattan.
Super Bowl XLVIII organizers not spooked by frigid temperatures in New York/New Jersey area
Newark Star-Ledger | Jan 25