NEW YORK—Meadowlands Stadium is slated to host Super Bowl 2014, said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, May 25.
New York City and its outlying metropolitan area has generally not been not considered an optimal place to host the Super Bowl due to the weather.
Meadowlands Stadium, the new $1.6 billion structure, doesn't have a dome, and temperatures in February can be around 10 or 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 or -7 degrees Celsius).
The new stadium will host both the Jets and the Giants and this will be the first time the championship game will be held in a cold-weather city.
Normally, Super Bowls are held in warm-weather cities like Miami, Tampa Bay, or Phoenix. A Super Bowl game has never featured snow, notes the NFL website.
The game is estimated to bring in $550 million for the local economy, according to estimates from the New York Jets and the New York Giants. The two teams could also generate several hundred million dollars themselves by selling the naming rights to the stadium, NFL.com notes.
“In 2014, the world’s biggest game will take place on the world’s biggest stage,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Duffy Square in Manhattan. “We’re the City that hosted ‘the greatest game ever played’ more than 50 years ago, and we’ll be ready for Super Bowl XLVIII."
All 32 owners of each NFL team have to vote on where each Super Bowl is held.
Bloomberg said the cold weather shouldn't daunt teams from playing or fans from coming out to the game. “People talk about the weather, but, you know, this is football, not beach volleyball,” he quipped on the NFL Network.
The runners up to get the Super Bowl were Tampa, Fla., and in the Miami area.