For this week, New York and New Jersey are the center of the sports world, and the people who brought the Super Bowl here say it's the region's time to shine. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
“Welcome to Super Bowl XLVIII, let's go and let's have some fun,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson at the NFL's Host Committee’s official Super Bowl week kick-off in Midtown on Monday.
After four years of planning and worrying about the weather, the people responsible for all the events surrounding the Super Bowl say they're ready.
“There is no region in America better equipped to handle an event of this scale,” said Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris.
For many people, the readiness for the Super Bowl starts with security. In the city, 13 blocks of Broadway will become Super Bowl Boulevard, and the NYPD says there'll be plenty of uniformed officers and more.
“In addition, we'll have a presence out there that you won't see, plainclothes officers, surveillance teams. We'll have aviation units up in the air,” said NYPD Chief of Patrol James Hall.
The Super Bowl Host Committee estimates about 400,000 people will visit the area and generate more than $500 million in economic activity, and while many doubted that number, calling it too high, the committee says the benefits of people seeing the big game here are real.
“There is a marketing effect that will benefit New York and New Jersey for years to come,” said Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch.
As for the weather for the game itself, the long range forecast seems to be improving. Jets owner Woody Johnson says that shouldn't even be a concern.
“That's the way every other game is played, there's no reason a Super Bowl can't be played there as well,” said Johnson.
And touting how the region will handle actually getting people to the stadium, regardless of the weather, they're calling this the first mass transit Super Bowl and making sure everyone knows driving isn't the answer.
“This is not a game that you're just gonna hop in your car, pull up to the stadium and pull in. The theme I've been saying to people, this is a Super Bowl where you not only need a ticket to the game, you need a ticket to the site,” said AL Kelly, president of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee.
Just how confident are officials that this will be a success? Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch says he'd like to see the Super Bowl played in New York every 10 years. Most everyone else on the stage, though, was pretty focused on getting through this week.