This year is the first time that the Super Bowl will be held in a cold weather outdoor stadium and it’s going to be here in NJ at the Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford.
Got tickets? Dress warmly. We’ve been experiencing a pretty cold “polar vortex” these past few days and it’s not going away. Nearly a foot of snow sits on my front yard as I type this and there’s more coming down. With a ton of activities planned in NY and NJ for the Super Bowl, what’s the weather going to be like?
The forecast high is a balmy 36 degrees with a “wintry mix” on top of it.
So what about you? Putting on the thermal underwear and tailgating, or watching on the big screen next to your fireplace?
Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford will be the site of this year’s Super Bowl and all of New Jersey is abuzz. Our Giants and our Jets have let us down….again…..but we’re still excited about hosting the big game and all of the hoopla that surrounds it.
If you’re still looking to buy tickets, they start at $3000 and get as high as $15,000 per seat (50 yard line, 1st level) with minimal availability on Ticketmaster. On StubHub, there are seats as low as $2500 and go up to $970,000 (Commissioner’s Club Suite, row 2). Those are prices as of today, January 11th but StubHub predicts that prices are most likely to go down as kickoff gets closer.
The teams that will be playing in the Super Bowl may influence price as we get closer to the game. If the Patriots get in, lots of New England fans may flood the New York/New Jersey area demanding tickets and prices could go up fast.
The weather may have an impact as well. This year’s Super Bowl is the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl and a blizzard or cold spell could keep fans away.
With prices like these, can the average person afford to attend the Super Bowl? One man from New Brunswick, Josh Finkelman, is suing the NFL, claiming that the ticket price is unfair to the public. Finkelman claims that the NFL is guilty of price gouging since only 1% of the available seats are being sold to the general public at face value – that’s about 8000 seats. Low supply drives up prices, he claims.
What do you think? Would you spend a month’s mortgage, or a year’s mortgage, on tickets to see the Super Bowl in person, or are you happier in your climate controlled living room?
Super Bowl Preparations in NJ
Getting to the Super Bowl
The Meadowlands in New Jersey, home of the Giants and the Jets, was the site of Disney On Ice up until today. There are no concerts scheduled for the Izod Center in the Meadowlands until after the Super Bowl. Now that the Jets, the Giants, and Disney has cleared out, preparations for the Super Bowl are underway!
Trucks have begun arriving, according to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Broadcast trailers, food vendors, and security trailers are expected soon.
Next step – security fencing will be installed 300 feet around the perimeter of the Meadowlands rather than the typical 100 feet for regular events. This is considered a Level One security event and security is controlled by the Department of Homeland Security.
Fox Sports will begin doing their cabling work and moving in trailers soon.
Live racing at the Meadowlands track will end on January 22nd and the entire Meadowlands complex will go into a security lockdown on Monday, January 27th.
The last step is the Super Bowl signage and the field logos – that has to wait until we know the names of the teams who will be playing.
Everyone in North Jersey is getting excited to be hosting the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl!
Super Chicken Chili
3 chopped yellow onions
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
2 red peppers cored, seeded, and chopped
2 yellow peppers cored, seeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled plum tomatoes undrained
1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
4 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
Chopped onions, corn chips, grated cheddar, sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper.
- Roast the chicken for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked.
- While the chicken is roasting, saute the onions in a Dutch oven in olive oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
- Add the bell peppers and spices. Cook for 1 minute.
- Crush the tomatoes by hand and add to the pot with the basil.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove chicken from the oven and let it cool slightly. Separate the meat from the bones and skin and cut it into 3/4-inch chunks.
- Add chicken and beans to the chili and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes.
- Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.