Giants, Jets want 2014 Super Bowl
The Giants and Jets want to bring the Super Bowl to their new
stadium in New Jersey in 2014.
After receiving approval from a league committee to bid on an
NFL title game, the teams announced on Thursday that they will
submit a proposal to host what would be a cold weather title game
in four years.
The new 82,500-seat stadium is scheduled to open next year.
The NFL owners’ Super Bowl Advisory Committee allowed the bid
despite the traditional requirement that host regions have a
minimum temperature of 50 degrees or indoor stadiums.
The advisory committee gave approval with the understanding
that the bid represents a unique, once-only circumstance to
celebrate the new stadium and the great heritage of the NFL in the
New York region.
The New Meadowlands Stadium Company, which is building the
new stadium, has to submit a preliminary proposal to the NFL by
April 1. The winning bid will be announced at the end of May.
“It’s time for the biggest game in football to be played on
the biggest stage in the world,” Jets owner Woody Johnson and
Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch said in a joint statement as
chairmen of the bid committee. “We are confident that the appeal
and prestige of the New York City metropolitan region, coupled with
the innovative capabilities of our brand-new state-of-the-art
facility, can provide a unique and exciting experience for the
teams and fans, as well as the entire league and the sport of
“And, of course, we would love to bring the Super Bowl and
its significant economic benefits to New York and northern New
Jersey,” they added.
A New York/New Jersey Super Bowl would generate hundreds of
millions of dollars in economic activity, and serve as a major
boost for the area, creating hundreds of jobs related to staging
the game, the teams said.
“The National Football League and our organization are
blessed with a great tradition in the metropolitan New York region,
and the Giants and Jets new home is a continuation of that
tradition,” said John Mara, president and CEO of the Giants. “Our
building playing host to the Super Bowl in 2014 would allow our
organizations and this region to celebrate that tradition with our
biggest game, and we welcome the opportunity to work with our
community to make that happen.”
The new $1.6 billion stadium will be the first constructed to
serve as the home stadium of two NFL teams, and it will host up to
20 games a season, more than any other venue.
It also holds the distinction of being the largest privately
financed stadium in U.S. history.
The Super Bowl would join an impressive list of significant
events scheduled for the new stadium, including highly anticipated
college football matchups of Navy vs. Notre Dame and Army vs.
Rutgers, and stops on the Bon Jovi and U2 world concert tours.
“Even though our stadium is months away from completion, with
this bid, it is setting an early precedent of what’s to come,” said
Steve Tisch, chairman and executive vice president of the Giants.
Highlights of the new stadium include four massive HD video
display boards in each of the stadium corners; a ribbon board that
circles the interior bowl; HD monitors throughout the stadium; and
20 HD video pylons.
Outside the stadium, a 350,000-square-foot outdoor plaza will
offer fan activities and pregame entertainment zones. A signature
amenity of the stadium will be a new rail line that will drop off
passengers in front of the stadium.