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NEW YORK -- Might this not even be the coldest Super Bowl on record?
Up 'til now, the chilliest temperature ever at kickoff was 39 degrees, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on Jan. 16, 1972. After weeks of deep freeze and snow in the New York metro area, it's looking as though the NFL is going to luck out.
Jonathan Erdman of The Weather Channel says a mild front could push the highs into the 40s on Feb. 2 for Super Bowl XLVIII, meaning game time will be comfortable. “Sunday will be fairly benign,” Erdman said. “There will be a front that pushes through, but it won’t have much bark to it.”
Friday there could be a dusting of snow. The day to watch out for is Saturday, when low clouds could cause flight delays coming into local airports.
But come Sunday, the only thing happening weather-wise could be a little drizzle, Erdman said, and winds will be a low five to 10 miles per hour.
“As of right now, it doesn't look like weather will be much of an issue,” Erdman said. “They really tempted fate, but we’re in good shape here.”
Mass-transit glitches: In addition to last week’s Metro North service interruption, 800 passengers on a stranded New Jersey Transit train had to be rescued Wednesday morning. The stall was apparently due to a power outage, which was the same problem that took out the whole slate of Metro North trains last week. This has been dubbed the "Mass Transit Super Bowl" by organizers, who have already declared it a victory. We'll see about that.
Super Bowl Boulevard opens: Broadway between 47th and 34th has been closed for days, but at noon Wednesday, the toboggan ride, autograph station, and football-related games and activities will open to the public. This is the NFL’s fan experience, originally slated to be in New Jersey but moved to Manhattan’s midtown.
There are so many football-related happenings in the city this week, the following is just a smattering:
Madden Madness: The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, has an exhibit, “Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running” up until Feb. 23. Did you have any idea the video game was so old?
Winter is coming: Time Warner Cable has set up studio space on 14th Street at HighLine Studios and is offering customers a Super Bowl Week experience starting today. The exhibit includes costumes from Game of Thrones, in addition to the Iron Throne itself. You can get your tickets here.
Party with Namath and Simms: The MVP Party, located at the Roseland Ballroom on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., is offering a chance to hang with Joe and Phil. Saturday night is full of more happenings, including the Foo Fighters at the Bud Light Hotel, the Taste of the NFL in Brooklyn and the DirecTV Party featuring Jay-Z (who should have been the halftime-show artist). The VH1 Super Bowl Blitz will feature Gavin DeGraw in Montclair, N.J.
Brunch with Tyree and Bart Starr: Friday morning, the Marriott Marquis offers a meal with David Tyree and other current NFL stars such as Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Individual tickets for Super Bowl Breakfast start at $250.
Rice at Pace: New Rochelle’s own Ray Rice will attend a Pace University event in Manhattan at 5:30 Wednesday. A discussion with memorabilia entrepreneur Brandon Steiner follows at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, but you need to register on the website.
Don’t forget the kids! The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City both have Super Bowl-related exhibits for children (and adults). Liberty is waiving the admission for those younger than 18 on Saturday.
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