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.