State-of-the-Art Stadium Will Host First-Ever Outdoor, Cold-Weather Super Bowl
East Rutherford, NJ – January 27, 2014 – MetLife Stadium today welcomed fans and visitors to the region where it will host the first-ever outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl in NFL history on February 2, 2014.
In April of 2010, MetLife Stadium opened its doors as the first building owned and operated by two iconic NFL franchises, the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets. MetLife Stadium is 2.1 million square feet – double the size of its predecessor, Giants Stadium. The stadium hosts twice as many regular season games each year compared to other stadiums, making the staff and grounds crews twice as prepared for the Super Bowl.
“MetLife Stadium’s unique design and top of the line amenities were an integral part of our winning Super Bowl bid,” said Woody Johnson, Co-Chairman, NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and owner of the New York Jets. “We are positive our home will provide the perfect stage for the world’s biggest game.”
“Opened in 2010, MetLife Stadium is a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced venue,” said Jonathan Tisch, Co-Chairman, NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and co-owner of the New York Football Giants. “Not only does it offer an array of amenities for fans, but it also provides a ‘home field advantage’ for both home teams.”
MetLife Stadium is one of the NFL’s most technologically advanced stadiums. With over 2,200 HDTVs and four 18’x 130’ high-definition LED video boards in each corner of the seating bowl, fans are presented a great view of the game from any angle in the building. A 360 degree ribbon board measuring approximately four feet high by more than 1,800 feet long wraps the inner seating bowl. Twenty 12mm HD LED video pylons ranging in size from 20’ x 40’ to 20’ x 60’ flank each entry gate around the stadium perimeter.
MetLife Stadium will feature the most connectivity ever at a Super Bowl due to a series of comprehensive cellular and Wi-Fi upgrades at the start of the 2013 NFL season that increased capacity and overall coverage. Over 800 individual antennas (DAS – Distributed Antennae Systems) have been installed throughout the building, providing unparalleled cellular coverage. The recent Wi-Fi upgrades have increased the number of Wi-Fi access point throughout the building to 850, up from 622. For internet connectivity, the Stadium has provisioned four times the bandwidth of the previous Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Through a building-wide Wi-Fi system, the stadium is able to provide unique fan experiences as well as sponsor and team based loyalty activations. Additionally free Wi-Fi is available to the public throughout the stadium.
In anticipation of Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium has partnered with Americaneagle.com to design a brand-new, responsive website, metlifestadium.com. The new design puts the fan experience first, offering the user a quick look at upcoming sporting events, concerts, news, multimedia, and social media updates. The new site works seamlessly from a desktop to a tablet or mobile device. The new MetLife Stadium website also allows users to quickly and easily find stadium information, and share it on their social networks.
The stadium’s food, beverage and merchandise partner, Delaware North’s Sportservice, has created a diverse menu of local and regional fan favorites, called “Home Food Advantage”. From “Nonna Fusco’s Meatballs” and Taylor Ham sandwiches, to kosher food stands, carving stations and seafood displays in the premium clubs, Sportservice has created a menu which caters to the diverse palates of the New York/New Jersey marketplace.
MetLife Stadium sets the industry standard for sustainability and green initiatives. The stadium has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a leading venue in carbon, energy, water, and solid waste reduction. The stadium has been credited with a reduction in its carbon footprint of 250,650 MTCO2e (Metric Ton Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) or the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 49,147 vehicles.
Finally, Super Bowl XLVIII has been dubbed the first “Mass-Transit Super Bowl” thanks in part to the creation of a NJ Transit train stop at the new stadium. The rail line has the ability to accommodate the travel of thousands of fans per game, and throughout Super Bowl week, NJ Transit trains will operate with extra cars as needed to accommodate increased ridership demand.
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