Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 7 days until the Super Bowl.
Tonight, as temperatures dip into the 20s, the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee will celebrate with fireworks and a concert at Liberty State Park in Hoboken. Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls and The Fray will perform. Just like the Super Bowl, if you don’t feel like sitting through it live, you can watch the festivities on Fox.
But if you want to go, the event is free. Find out more on the host committee’s event page.
Game day forecast: Accuweather is predicting 35 degrees and a possibility of snow in East Rutherford on Feb. 2. ESPN Stats and Info has the coldest starting temperature for a Super Bowl at 39 degrees, and that was for Super Bowl VI in New Orleans. The two coldest temps were both recorded when the game was at Tulane Stadium. Remember that? No? Me either.
The Broncos have played three games this season that started below 40 degrees and went 1-2, while the Seahawks beat the Giants at MetLife in the coldest game of their season.
New Jersey snubbed: Some New Jersey politicians are annoyed that the NFL has done so little to include the state in promotional materials, the Associated Press reports. The state is spending a lot of taxpayer money to secure the game on Feb. 2, and was depending on the economic rewards of hotel stays and nights out in the area. Turns out -- who knew? -- a lot of that is happening on the other side of the river, along with the parties in the week leading up to the game.
Liberty for all: The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City will offer free admission to everyone 18 and under on Feb. 1. They have an exhibit on the NFL, which includes a lot of Hall of Fame material -- jerseys, old uniforms and equipment. They also have an interactive officiating station. We had a full review here.
Why not a Seattle Super Bowl? Tacoma’s News Tribune asks why, if New York can host a cold weather Super Bowl, can’t Seattle?
If form holds, Seattle would have to complete a new stadium or a massive upgrade in order to be granted a Super Bowl by fellow NFL owners. That’s the pattern for Indianapolis, New Orleans and now New Jersey.
Flea and Teen Mom: If you blinked you might have missed the hubbub surrounding the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea asking Twitter followers if they wanted to see all of him at the Super Bowl. The NFL is pretty sensitive about nudity after the Janet Jackson halftime show in 2004. The tweet was deleted. And in the bizarre realm of stuff you never needed to know, Flea tells TMZ that he’s going to keep it clean at the game.
The Chili Peppers used to perform wearing only strategically-placed tube socks. It was a thing. But I guess they’ve “grown up.”
Come back daily for more on the issues, logistics and personalities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.