New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) offers a reminder that the Super Bowl - the first Super Bowl ever played in the New York City metro area - means big business for the region.
Maloney reports that New York City and New York State tourism and hospitality officials are bullish on the major economic boom expected from the Super Bowl.
Citing the National Football League, Maloney notes that Super Bowl XLVIII is expected to generate as much as $600 million for the city and state economies, providing a major impact on local businesses such as hotels, restaurants and bars during a normally weak travel time of year.
Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 is expected draw as many as 500,000 fans from across the county and around the world to New York and New Jersey hotels, restaurants and bars, Maloney notes.
Tourism and hospitality leaders, including Maloney, who met last week noted the pickup in business they’re already seeing at area restaurants and hotels and what they expect to see during Super Bowl weekend.
The Super Bowl is the largest sporting event in the United States. New Jersey's MetLife Stadium will be the site of Super Bowl XLVIII—the first time an outdoor venue in the Northeast will host football's biggest event, NYC & Company says.
Among the features of the event, Norwegian Cruise Line's Getaway will be temporarily transformed into a 4,028-passenger lodging and an entertainment venue for Super Bowl XLVIII.
The ship will dock in New York for the Feb. 2 game and will offer lodging starting the Thursday before the game through the Monday morning after the event.
Other events - hundreds are planned - in New York and New Jersey include: Broadway in Manhattan from 34th St. to 44th St. will be re-named Super Bowl Boulevard and will be closed to traffic for four days leading up to the game, offering fans major events and competitions, concerts and parties.