The Super Bowl is more than a game, especially in a major metropolitan area like that of New York City. The NFL’s first “cold weather” game will commence on February 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, about 15 miles from Manhattan and bring with it a slew of weekend activities for residents and out-of-towners to enjoy, even if they’re not going to the high-priced game.
American automaker GM engineered the Super Bowl Boulevard, which takes over Broadway from 34th to 37th Streets in Midtown Manhattan. Sprawled along one of the world’s most famous streets are opportunities for gawkers and Bowl aficionados to create lasting memories all for free.
Photos can be taken with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. NFL players like Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs and DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles will give free autographs. For a $5 donation to MillionTreesNYC, lovers of winter can ride a 60’ toboggan down a specially built ramp.
Each night from January 29 to February 1, live concerts will start at 8pm featuring the Bacon Brothers, Michael Cavenaugh, the Café Wha? Band, and Blondie.
To match Manhattan’s midtown Super Bowl Boulevard is Hoboken’s weeklong “Hoboken Huddle,” which started Tuesday, January 28. Planned for two years, the Hoboken Events Committee wants to imbue the business community’s spirit of cooperation through engaging events and activities. For example, visitors can partake in outdoor ice skating, which will be broadcast by WestwoodOne Sports, who is also the official national radio partner of the NFL. NBC Sports Radio will also be broadcasting from the park.
Three lanes of outdoor curling will also be free and open to the public and, to coincide with the Winter Olympics, will remain at Pier A for the entire month of February.