Super Bowl XLVIII is the first Super Bowl to be held in the North East, the first to be hosted by two states (New York and New Jersey) and the first to be hosted by two NFL franchises (Giants and Jets).
NFL Canada partners are doing their part to ensure that dozens of Canadians will be in New York for the historic game.
Bud Light is rewarding fans who participated in its close to 400 ‘Thursday Night Football’ events across Canada this season by giving them a chance to win one of 15 Super Bowl XLVIII “Trip for 2” prizes. Bud Light Thursday Night Football events continue through the playoffs.
Find an event near you https://www.facebook.com/budlightcanada/events
An additional trip for two will be awarded to the top Canadian participating the NFL’s official Fantasy Football game – NFL Fantasy Football presented by Bud Light. http://www.nfl.com/fantasyfootball
If warmer climes are your thing, Nestle is also running a contest, just for Canadians, that will send two fans to Arizona for next year’s Super Bowl. https://www.nestle-promotions.ca/nfl2013/en/index.html
Earlier this season NFL partners Castrol and Brand USA also gave Canadians the chance to win trips to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Focusing on an American Football ritual, Brand USA asked Canadians to upload a 30 second video of their best end zone celebration. The top videos (with the most Facebook Likes) were advanced to judging. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected and announced on January 2, 2014. http://www.discoveramerica.com/usa/nfl-landing/nfl-details/end-zone-dance.aspx
Canadians travelling to the area should be aware that this is the first mass-transit Super Bowl. Only 13,000 parking spots will be available at MetLife Stadium (which seats 82,500). Most people are expected to arrive via rail, buses or high-occupancy vehicles.
Full game-day transportation info is available at: http://www.nynjsuperbowl.com/getting-to-the-game
Travelers should also be aware that the NFL has contingency plans to delay Super Bowl XLVIII, scheduled for Feb. 2, as much as a week if weather demands.
The league is also looking at delays of just a few hours to a day or two depending on weather.
Whatever happens, MetLife Stadium will be ready to get rid of snow, with melters, salt, plows, and 1,600 snow-clearing staff ready to clear the stuff.
For fans lucky enough to make it inside the stadium, the NFL is stuffing commemorative seat cushions with a cold-weather survival kit. The seats will include six hand warmers, a hand muffler similar to the ones worn by NFL quarterbacks, texting gloves, ear muffs, a ski mask, lip balm and facial tissues. The seat cushions for years have been a Super Bowl collectible for fans to take home from the game but have mostly held materials used for halftime show card stunts.
Among the announced plans for the region’s first Super Bowl is the creation of a ‘Super Bowl Boulevard,’ which will transform a portion of Broadway in midtown Manhattan into a massive fan event and football festival with free admission.
‘Super Bowl Boulevard’ will serve as the epicenter of New York City’s Super Bowl events leading up to the game.
Working in conjunction with the City of New York, the NFL will transform a portion of Broadway into the sports and entertainment hub of Super Bowl week. It will begin on 44th Street, in the middle of Times Square, and stretch down Broadway to the Miracle on 34th Street from Wednesday, January 29 to Saturday, February 1, 2014. In addition to nightly concerts and NFL Networw/ESPN/FOX broadcast positions, the Boulevard will feature NFL-themed exhibits, player appearances and football clinics and competitions.
Super Bowl Host Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Al Kelly also hints that New York’s Boulevard will include a “special fan attraction, which will not be a zip line as seen in Indianapolis, but promises to be as fun and enjoyable.”
“For the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, we’ve embraced the opportunity to create plans that are as big, bold and unique as New York City and the surrounding region itself,” said Commissioner Goodell. “While we can only fit 80,000 fans into MetLife Stadium for the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, we look forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of people from around the world at different attractions and events during Super Bowl week.”