When Billy Taylor was at our office for a Google hangout with BBI readers, the former running back was confident about February’s Super Bowl.
Not that the Giants would be there, but that organizers would throw one of the best events in the history of the city. The much-maligned festival by critics of cold weather football could be our community’s finest hour.
We have five reasons why New York / New Jersey will host the best ‘Big Game’ of all-time, not accounting for what actually happens on the field.
1) Everyone is already here
The Giants season ticket holder waiting list is estimated to be 135,000 people. Greater than the population of most towns in the United States. There are more than a quarter-billion businesses in the Tri-State area, including 50+ Fortune 500 companies.
The inbound corporate interest is through the roof and everyone’s booking now,” said Thuzio CEO Jared Augustine. “Big time clients are on the line.”
So what does this have to do with your average football fan?
2) Well, it’s more than a game
Even if the Giants aren’t playing on February 2nd, those fans who attended games in Glendale and Indianapolis will tell you that the real action is off the field.
It’s the party scene, media day, the celebrities, corporate schmoozing, walking down the street and bumping into a Super Bowl MVP, or even having one at your event.
As part of the festivities, Broadway will transform into Super Bowl Boulevard, including a 180-foot long, 58-foot high toboggan run able to handle up to 1,000 riders an hour. Throw in events like the Taste of the NFL, free concerts and VIP parties from PLAYBOY and DirectTV and you’ve got something for everyone.
“The price tag to host these affairs is astronomical, with some parties costing more than a million dollars. But the payoff, party hosts say, is insurmountable,” writes Kelley L. Carter of ESPN.com.
3) The city is already buzzing
You’ve seen the signs, like the countdown clock in Times Square, the commercials on FOX, and hotels like the Loews Regency, undergoing millions in renovations to prepare for VIP guests. And while the Giants were allocated a few thousand seats for the game itself, packages through the National Football League’s ‘On Location’ program, with prices in excess of $8,000 per ticket, are already selling out.
Just getting into the game will cost fans upwards of $2,500 a ticket.
Or you could …
4) NYC’s Roster of Legends
Thuzio connects fans with nearly 400 NFL legends past and present, including many Giants Super Bowl heroes. You can take one to the game, take them to dinner, even invite them into your home for a Super Bowl watch party.
Here’s the thing. You can’t wait to book this kind of talent.
Compare it to booking a flight from LGA to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI during Thanksgiving weekend vs. doing so after the Giants won the NFC Championship Game. The more you wait. The more you’ll pay in the long run.
Super Bowl XXV – Ottis Anderson, Stephen Baker, Rodney Hampton, Howard Cross
Super Bowl XXXV – Tiki Barber, Keith Hamilton, Shaun Williams
Super Bowl XLII – Jeff Feagles, Shaun O’Hara
Super Bowl XLVI – Jonathan Goff, Michael Clayton
5) It may snow
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told Boomer and Carton that he was rooting for a “blinding snowstorm” to cap off a perfect week of festivities. If that happens, regardless of the score, everyone will remember the game for a lifetime.