New York-New Jersey in final preparations for Super Bowl XLVIII
With Super Bowl XLVIII to be played at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014, the NFL is rolling the dice with the weather in hopes of cashing in on the media blitz of the New York market. The image of a snow-covered field with the Super Bowl championship on the line is a real possibility.
Like all Super Bowls, the preparation for the game is a major undertaking -- a task not lost on Al Kelly, the chief executive of the host committee.
During the past two years, Kelly has overseen hiring, fundraising and coordination with local authorities to make sure every detail of the game goes according to plan -- with security as Kelly's top priority.
"The Super Bowl is a Level 1 security event, which in and of itself brings together a number of security protocols and involvement not only of local law enforcement but federal law enforcement," said Kelly to the Associated Press. "It's not something I can personally control other than we provide information to law enforcement so they can do their jobs."
The Super Bowl is more than just a football game, it's a week of events, media sessions and parties. The scheduling and coordination of these events is especially complicated given the busy road systems around New York. Kelly said New Jersey Transit is cooperating in increasing capacity at the Secaucus transfer station and hopes that as many as 20,000 people will use the rail system on game day.
Still, all of the committee's preparation cannot account for the potential of a harsh week of Northeast winter weather. The NFL insists it will attempt to make people as comfortable as possible but will no doubt welcome a week of sun and mild winter temperatures.
"If we do a good job with this Super Bowl and people have a positive experience, then I do believe it is more likely that other cold-weather cities will bid for and possibly be awarded Super Bowls in the future," New York Giants co-owner John Mara said Thursday.