In a history making decision, NFL owners have awarded Super Bowl XLVIII to the New York/New Jersey region.
The New Meadowlands Stadium, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will be the site for the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. The $1.6 billion stadium, which seats 82,500, opened April 10, 2010 and will be the new home for both the New York Giants and Jets.
The league owners, who are meeting in suburban Dallas, voted for New York/New Jersey over South Florida (Miami) and Tampa Bay, Florida.
It will be the first time the game will be played in a cold weather climate after previously being held in warm weather locales and indoor venues.
The decision was not made until the fourth and final round of voting. None of the three regions gained the necessary 24 votes (75 percent) in the first two rounds. After tallying the fewest votes, South Florida was eliminated. Neither New York/New Jersey or Tampa Bay again received the necessary 24 votes in round three forcing a last vote to be decided by a simple majority of at least 17-15.
The New Meadowlands Stadium has more than 82,500 seats. It also has 22 suites, over 10,000 club seats and 130,000 square feet in club space. When will it be? Depending on the season format in place in 2014, the game will take place on either Feb. 2, 9 or 16. What type of weather can be expected? Average temperatures in February in the area are a high of 40 degrees and a low of 24. The record high for North Jersey was in 1973, when the thermometer hit 62 degrees, according to the Weather Channel. The record low? 2-below in 1961. How will fans stay warm? In the event of cold weather, the host committee will distribute hand and feet warmers, blankets and self-warming seat cushions to fans. There will be heaters throughout open concourses and fire pits in the parking lots for tailgaters. How many fans will be able to attend? The New Meadowlands Stadium has more than 82,500 seats. It also has 22 suites, over 10,000 club seats and 130,000 square feet in club space. Where will everyone stay? The surrounding area offers more than 275 hotels and over 100,000 rooms. How do you get tickets? The NFL sets aside one percent of Super Bowl tickets to the general public, of which tickets can only be purchased through a random drawing. But don’t start licking those envelopes just yet — the drawing for the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas is Sept. 1. Will traffic be an issue? Um, this is New Jersey isn’t it?
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