Off The Gridline Playbook: Super Bowl XLVIII

Like Leigh Steinberg once said, “The Super Bowl is like a movie, and the quarterback is the leading man”. So get ready for the blockbuster sports event of the year!

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On February 2nd New York is going to host one of the most important events of the year: The NFL Super Bowl XLVIII. The 48th annual Final of the National League of American Football will play in New Jersey. The two teams were announced a few days ago: the Denver Broncos vs the Seattle Seahawks.

It’s the first time that the annual Super Bowl event happens in the New York area and the first time that the game takes place in (cold) winter conditions!

Two big performances are planned for the occasion: the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars – among other guests – will be here to entertain the crowd.

Follow our guide to make the best of the event in the days preceding the game in New York City!

SUPER BOWL PREPARATION

Get Your Ears Ready

You’ll be using your voice to support your favorite team the night of Super Bowl, so spare your vocal cords during the preceding days and take in some great music only New York City can offer.

On Friday January 31st the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will feature the NFL Gospel choir (yes your read it well, NFL players will be singing gospel!), and famous performers such as Patti LaBelle and Mary Mary, at Madison Square Garden. Get your tickets now, it’s filling up quickly.

super bowl nfl choir singingOn the same night the world’s renowned cultural venue Apollo Theater is organizing a special “Friday Night in Harlem” as part of the Super Bowl celebration. This mega-concert will be a tribute to Jazz Legend Duke Ellington, with featured performances by a lot of great jazz and gospel musicians.

Last but not least, Harlem Spirituals will run its famous Harlem Gospel Tour on the Sunday morning before the game, the perfect occasion to uplift your spirit and explore unknown parts of the city before delving into an evening of fun!

Hang Out With NFL Stars

In Manhattan don’t miss the Super Bowl Boulevard, a 14-block outdoor celebration that will be set up on Broadway between 34th and 47th Street, from January 29th through February 1st, from noon to 10:00pm. Event organizers expect more than a million people to attend the different attractions, which include a toboggan, autograph signings from NFL stars and a visual display against the exterior of Macy’s Herald Square.

Don’t forget to take a photo in front of the oversize Super Bowl XLVIII on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Street
to immortalize this moment!

Super bowl boulevard illustration in manhattanGAME DAY: WHERE TO WATCH THE SUPER BOWL

Looking for a spot to catch the big game on Sunday?

For a VIP experience, head to Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club, a high-end place to cheer on your favorite team. The place is called Beyonce second’s home!

If you’re looking for something more casual, head to The Garden at Studio Square located in Queens to enjoy unlimited beer, wine, sangria, at one of the largest beer gardens in the city.

Brooklyn Winery organizes a Super Bowl Party 2014 for which you can reserve a private table for your friends with lots of beer, wine, sandwiches, and sides. You can also enjoy the on-site Magnolia Photo Booth, and a Super Bowl Point Pool will award prizes at the end of each quarter.

West Village Irish pub Fiddlesticks is known for its six large-screen TVs that regularly show all major sports games. Their pool tables will be open for play during the game too. A number of beer and wine specials and splittable snacks will be available from their grill.

Fatty Cue Pop up at Whiskey Park, located in Central Park South will celebrate the game with whole roast pig! This sport bar will also serve some Super Bowl-inspired cocktails.

And popular Harlem Tavern organizes a “Red Zone Party”. Get there early!

If you’re more of a home buddy and not interested in the crowd, invite friends and family, enjoy the game on television with some pizzas, cookies and beer!

people partying for superbowl at homeNow the big question remains: will it snow for Super Bowl?

Share these events with your friends and let us know what other Super Bowl XLVIII plans are in the works!