NEW YORK—In the months leading up to Super Bowl 48, football fans in New York and New Jersey have been getting a chance to experience the excitement of game day through the Join the Huddle mobile tour.
The tour takes form in a traveling shuttle that carries a replica stadium locker room with NY Jets, NY Giants, Super Bowl, and Vince Lombardi memorabilia. On Wednesday, the Huddle Shuttle greeted fans at the Secaucus Junction Station in New Jersey.
Activities were offered both inside and outside the Huddle Shuttle structure. Inside the shuttle, fans went wild over the Vince Lombardi Trophy Room where they had an photo opportunity next to the trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the Super Bowl.
Outside the shuttle, there were Super Bowl themed interactive booths. Fans tested their speed and agility on the Practice Field by jumping over mini hurdles and running past tackle dummies. There was also the Snowflake Toss booth, where participants honed in their throwing accuracy by tossing footballs through three snowflake rings. But the most popular booth was the Field Goal Kick where football lovers of all ages had a chance to kick one over the goal post.
“We had a good time here today, it was really fun,” said Martin Nystrom, a Giants fan from Kearny, New Jersey.
Even though the the Super Bowl will be hosted at the MetLife Stadium this year, neither the Giants nor the Jets will be playing. Nystrom said he is still excited.
“Yes, it’s a little disappointing that they didn’t make it but we’ll come out to support the teams that do anyway,” he said. “We’re the host city, so why not come out and enjoy the celebration?”
Since September, the”Join the Huddle” Tour has been making stops across the hosting states. With the big game less than a month away, the traveling tour only has a few more destinations before parking on Super Bowl Boulevard (on Broadway) in Manhattan at the end of January.
For upcoming locations for the tour, visit www.jointhehuddletour.com
Yi Yang is a special correspondent in New York.