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Super Bowl 2014: Planning for outdoor, cold-weather game in full swing

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says of the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium that: "We’ve embraced the opportunity to create plans that are as big, bold and unique as New York City."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Al Bello

Baby, it's cold outside in the New York/New Jersey area, with temperatures well below freezing. That, of course, makes this a perfect time to discuss the NFL's first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl -- which will be held Feb. 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium.

That is exactly what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and various officials from the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee did Thursday when held a press conference to discuss the historic event co-hosted by two cites and two teams, the New York Giants and New York Jets.

"We wanted to develop a plan that the people of this region would be proud of," Goodell said. "We’ve embraced the opportunity to create plans that are as big, bold and unique as New York City and the surrounding region itself. While we can only fit 80,000 fans into MetLife Stadium for the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, we look forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of people at different attractions and events during Super Bowl Week, throughout all parts of the area."

Broadway in New York City will be turned into Super Bowl Boulevard from 34th-44th streets the week prior to the game.

The weather, of course, is a great concern to many. Goodell downplayed any concern, as you would expect.

"We are thrilled. Football is made to be played in the elements," Goodell said. "We're gonna celebrate the game here, we're going to celebrate the elements. We're going to make it a great experience."

"This is going to be challenging and it's going to be fun," said Jets owner Woody Johnson. "We have to welcome this weather, and we will."

Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch, a co-chair of the host committee, also addressed the media.

"We feel very confident that the greatest game in the world will now be played on the greatest stage in the world," Tisch said. "This is one for the history books and you can be sure that at MetLife Stadium the Jets and the Giants, and both states and the city of New York will do everything we can to ensure that this is truly a memorable event."