Monthly Archives: May 2010

New Meadowlands Stadium – Superbowl XLVIII

New York and New Jersey, co-owners of the New Meadowlands Stadium, received some excellent information recently.  They have won the bid to host the 2014 Superbowl.  A move like this is unprecedented.  There has never been a cold weather Superbowl in the past and now the league even has a 50 degree rule for Superbowl play.  The average temp in the NY/NJ area around Superbowl time is only 24 to 40 degrees.  The  league made a 1-time exemption to the temperature rule, “making history” as the official slogan for the NY/NJ bid suggested they do by picking them.

Bringing the Superbowl to the New Meadowlands is expected to bring in an estimated $550 million to the local economy.  On top of that, it should help boost the price tag for the naming rights to an estimated $500 million.  These figures alone make up approximately two-thirds of the overall cost of the stadium ($1.6 billion).  The teams will split 6.2% of the overall ticket allotment, up over the standard 5%, considering there are two of them.  Since the ticket allotment is not doubled, a lot of hometown fans will not be able to attend the game.

A lot of big events have been held in the area, but never the Superbowl.  This will be the first time an open-aired stadium in a cold weather climate will have hosted the event.  New Meadowlands beat out Tampa in a close vote.  The new stadium and the opportunity to make history in it probably helped the Giants/Jets win the bid.  Tampa will likely bid to host the 2015 or 2016 Superbowl.  In the meantime, Dallas will host the 2011 Superbowl, Indianapolis the 2012 Superbowl and New Orleans the 2013 Superbowl.

Superbowl XLVIII will certainly make history just based on the circumstances.  However, the opportunity also paves the road for one of the most historic opportunities imaginable for sports – a Giants/Jets hometown showdown.  It would truly be incredible if both teams made the Superbowl that year.  It would probably be just as exciting as the feeling sports enthusiasts had last year at the chance of two undefeated teams facing off in the Superbowl (New Orleans & Indianapolis), both earning perfect records more than two-thirds of the way through the season.  (Neither one finished undefeated, although they did face off in the Superbowl – NO the victor, although both still have upcoming Superbowl games to look forward to in their home cities).

NY/NJ earning the Superbowl bid is really exciting news in the sports realm.  It’ll be great to have NYC alive and vibing come 2014.  It might be worth it to take a trip to NYC around that time to take part in the festivities, even if you don’t have tickets to the game.  Now, if USA could just win the bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup games, sports fans of all types would really have something to be fired up about.