NFL owners today voted to deliver Super Bowl XLVIII to the New Meadowlands Stadium, the glittering 82,500-seat stadium where the Giants and Jets will begin playing their home games this season. The game, which will be played in February 2014, will be the first Super Bowl played in a cold-weather, outdoor venue.
The Giants and Jets co-sponsored the bid – officially entitled “Make Some History”- to bring the Super Bowl to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area for the first time. The region was selected over competing bids from South Florida and Tampa to host the 2014 Super Bowl.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) issued the following statement today after the NFL announced that New Jersey will be hosting its first Super Bowl in 2014. Kean was the original sponsor of a Senate Resolution encouraging the NFL to select New Jersey as the site of Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Today is a great day for New Jersey, our football fans and the numerous local businesses that will benefit from the game being held here. The Super Bowl will generate not only tremendous excitement, but also substantial economic activity that will benefit the people of New Jersey and the entire tri-state region.
“The selection of New Jersey reflects the acknowledgement of the NFL that the Garden State has the key ingredients to host a successful Super Bowl: a world-class stadium; a solid transportation and lodging infrastructure; proximity and easy access to nightlife and entertainment; and, most importantly, one of the largest blocks of diehard football fans in the nation.
“I am thrilled that the NFL has selected New Jersey. I know we can make this the biggest, most talked about Super Bowl in the history of the league.”