A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean urging the NFL to select New Jersey as the site of Super Bowl XLVIII was unanimously passed by the Senate today. A copy of the resolution will be sent to the commissioner of the National Football League and to each member of the National Football League owners’ Super Bowl Advisory Committee.
The NFL owners’ Super Bowl Advisory Committee allowed the Meadowlands Stadium Co. to place a bid, waiving the traditional requirement that host stadiums have a minimum outdoor temperature of 50 degrees or an indoor stadium.
Kean noted that cities who host the Super Bowl experience a significant economic impact into the hundreds of millions of dollars which would benefit businesses and employees in the area.
Two other locations expected to submit a proposal to host the Super Bowl in 2014 are Miami and Tampa Bay. The winning bid is expected to be announced during the owners’ meetings in Dallas at the end of May.
“I expect Miami and Tampa Bay to put forth a competitive bid,” Kean concluded, “but I remain optimistic that the NFL will realize this unique opportunity and select New Jersey as their venue to host the Super Bowl in 2014.”
The measure (SR-35) is co-sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen)